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Bachelorette In Austin, TX

Hotel IndigoWe stayed at the hotel indigo which was a quick uber or walk from the bars and restaurants. Perfect because it wasn't too loud at night! - PubCrawler AustinThis activity was so fun! we pedaled all over Austin and stopped at bars along the way. definitely would recommend! - Dinner at Moonshinewe had the back room for dinner here since we were so many people and it was perfect! also walking distance from our hotel - Night on 6th Streetwe went to a bunch of bars on 6th street that were so fun! you can easily bar hop in that area and choose where you want to stop in and out. - Party Boat on Lake Travisthe company we used was 'Just For Fun: Watercraft Rental' and they were awesome-- slide on the boat, BBQ, music, etc. but they all pretty much do the same thing. such a fun day spent drinking and swimming on lake travis. we had to bring our own food/drink but they will grill it all for you! Most people Uber there cause its a good 30 minutes away but we actually took a party bus that wasn't crazy expensive. Make sure to bring towels, sunscreen, and water to stay hydrated - Rainey StreetRainey street is another area that has a ton of bars. We went to Unbarlievable and a few others which were so fun! - Graffiti WallsThere is graffiti all over austin but this graffiti park was the best spot to see it all. you can watch artists paint.. or even buy your own and leave your mark. Anyone can graffiti there so the park never looks the same! -

Quick Spain Recap

Pamplona, SpainThe beautiful city where I spent the majority of my time on my trip. - La Universidad de NavarraSixty in-class hours later... [Special thanks to my awesome professor, Antoni; my TA (and bestie Espanola), Irene; and my classmates from the University of Michigan for helping me improve my Spanish!!] - San Juan de GaztelugatxeThis was a stunning Game of Thrones filming site. We also went into the city of Bilbao to visit the Guggenheim Museum. It was such a unique experience! - San SebastianThe breathtaking beach of San Sebastian- would be a dream to have a vacation home here - La Plaza de TorosPamplona is a city known throughout the world for el Encierro (the Running of the Bulls) and la Corrida (bull fighting). Even though the bull fighting is a little gruesome, it was so cool to visit the site where it all happens. Thanks Hemingway for putting this city on the map!! - Olite, SpainI had the opportunity to explore this unique castle in Olite. It is surrounded by beautiful scenery in the countryside of Spain. - Bayonne, FranceI took a short side trip to Bayonne, France with my friends Christina, Eric, and Irene. It is a quaint little city in France with old beauty and lots of Basque culture. - Biarritz, FranceAn incredible beach on the southern coast of France with gorgeous views and great food (crepes!!!). - El Camino del SantiagoThe last activity I participated in during my study abroad was El Camino del Santiago. It is the pilgrimage of St. James, which runs throughout all of Spain. We only hiked to the Puenta la Reina; however, it was a total of seventeen miles. A very peaceful way to end my last day in Pamplona. -

Manchester United

Hilton Manchester Deansgate HotelI highly recommend this hotel. The staff was friendly and helpful, the rooms were clean and comfortable. They also have a nice gym, indoor pool and hot tub. But what I loved the most about this hotel is the location. We were able to explore the whole city by foot! And the tram station to the stadium was a 2 min walk away. You also must check out Cloud 23, the trendy cocktail and champagne sky bar on the 23rd floor. You will get an amazing view of the city! (View in photo is from our hotel room not Cloud 23**) - Alberts SchlossI LOVED THIS PLACE! Naturally my favorite bar in Manchester ended up being the German beer hall. Definitely your traditional German food and Pilsner beer but the atmosphere was fantastic! We went on a Saturday around dinner time and the place was packed. We didn't even have a place to sit but they had amazing live band and everyone was dancing and singing along. - BrewDogIf your looking for really good craft beer this is your place! We passed by while exploring and decided to pop in for a drink. The Bartenders were very helpful and picked out a great selection based off of our taste. - The TraffordIf you are a football fan you have to find a way to get tickets to a Manchester United Game at Old Trafford Stadium. If not and you want to see what true European football fan culture all about I highly suggest you go check out the buzz around the stadium and pubs that are walking distance. The Trafford and The Bishop Blaize were two of the best! They are only open on match days and the rowdy fan chants will be stuck in your head for the rest of your trip. - PhoI feel like anytime we wanted to eat we just walked into a random restaurant that looked appealing and lucky for us it always worked out. This place had delicious Pho and it was adorable inside. - Federal Cafe BarSmall, busy and trendy cafe with good lattes. - The National Football MuseumPop in to check out the worlds biggest football museum! It’s free and they have bunch of cool memorabilia! - Home Sweet HomeDelicious and lively! A trendy restaurant where we had a fantastic breakfast. It had a very Williamsburg Brooklyn vibe. - CurryDo not leave without getting some Indian food! There has to be a restaurant on every street. -

4 Days in Greece

Relaxing at the Beach We spent the majority of our time at the beach and pool at our resort. We explored the city for dinners and drinks and celebrated my friend Amanda's 21st birthday. -

4 Days in Italy

The Papal Basilica of St. Peter at the VaticanWe stayed in the area around Vatican City while we were in Rome. We were able to pass by it while not many people were there and see the Basilica Square, which is one of the most renowned works of renaissance architecture around the world. It is said that St. Peter himself is buried within the Basilica. While walking to the sistine chapel, we happened to run into one of the Pope's Liturgy. We were able to stand right in front of Pope Francis while he came by on his popemobile,not more than an arm's length away and a baby was given to him just over our heads. We were also able to hear him give him homily to the crowd and though we could not understand it (it was in Italian) the crowd's reaction was amazing to see. - ColosseumThe colosseum is the largest amphitheater ever built and in its day it was the location of many roman events, Gladiator flights, mock sea battles, animal hunts, battle reenactments and roman plays. It demise came from years of the people repurposing its materials and earthquakes. While we were in the area of the colosseum and the Roman Forum, we happened upon a beautiful little church surrounded by beautiful gardens. - Roman ForumThe forum is the site of the ruins of several important ancient buildings. Many market places, electoral events, religious ceremonies at temples were held in this spaces, and is still be exovated today. Histories dating back to its beginning in the 7th century BC has been found in the valley so far. Many of the earliest and important structures of early rome can be found and seen in some form at the Forums. Overlooking the Forum's ruins is a boulevard teaming with life, surrounded by the past lives of Rome. - Trevi FountainTrevi fountain is used by many as a wishing well, 1 coin to wish to come back to Rome, 2 for love and 3 for a divorce. The fountain was made to be a source of clean water for the roman people around the square straight from the aqueduct. It was done in the baroque style of architecture in 1762 and is one of the most famous fountains in the world. We all were able to make our wishes, 1 coin and a wish to come back to Roma one day. - PantheonOne of our first stops while in rome, the Pantheon was once a Roman temple and it is now a catholic church dedicated to Virgin Mary and the Martyrs. It was built in 125 AD and still has its original architecture in tact. After 2,000 years, the Pantheon's dome is still the largest unreinforced concrete dome to still be standing. The inside has many statues dedicated to Mary and the Martyrs. - Spanish StepsThe Spanish Steps are a beautiful set of steps made in order to connect the Spanish Embassy to the Trinità dei Monti catholic church atop the steps. At the base is a beautiful clean water fountain, following the steps through the beautiful white and pink flowers to the top will give you a gorgeous view of the city below. The church, which was finished in renaissance style in 1585 and has beautiful high ceilings with many small chapels dedicated to various biblical saints, donned with their portraits. - VeniceVenice was a lot calmer than Rome but nonetheless beautiful. We stayed very close to the Grand Canal in the are of Castello. We were able to take a short ride in a gondola and had an amazing view of the city at the top of a department store. We were also to go and see the inside of Saint Mark's Basilica which is the cities cathedral and is located in Piazza San Marco, across from Doge's Palace. It was built in 1085 and is styled in brilliantly, dripping in gold with Byzantine and gothic influences. It is said that the relics of Saint Mark's body are there in the church. -

2 Days in Prague

Charles Bridge Charles Bridge crosses the Vltava River and is the bridge that first connect 'Old Town' and Prague Castle. It was finished in the 15th century and is it noted for The Old Town Bridge Tower that heads the bridge and is considered on of the most striking examples of Gothic architecture. Crossing from Old Town leads you right to the base of hill that the Prague Castle sit upon. - Prague CastlePrague Castle sits atop a hill that allows for a fantastic view of the city below. It houses the Royal Jewels and is the largest ancient castle in the world today. The current President of Prague lives in the castle today. - Lennon Wall The Lennon wall was a symbol of freedom for young Czechs in the 1980s, though he never actually visited Prague. The wall is seen as a memorial to the ideals that John Lennon professed and against restraints put on by "the man". Today the original portrait of Lennon is lost under the graffiti and today people continue to paint new art on the "Peace Wall". - Old Town Square The Square is the center of Prague. It is surrounded by colorful buildings, one of the signatures of Prague, painted by the people after the fall of communism. Shops cover every inch of the streets and every inch is covered with the histories of Prague, seen in the many statues of martyrs, the huge ancient churches and its proximity to the old jewish ghetto. - SS. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral The church is the site of a WWII memorial. It housed a number of Czech and Slovak patriots who assassinated Reinhard Heydrich, a high-ranking German Nazi officer in charge of the Holocaust, in Operation Anthropoid. They took cover in the basement of the church, unable to escape for days before committing suicide in order to avoid capture. The people have set up the memorial in honour of the men and their sacrifice. Not too far away from the church is where we first saw the Stolpersteine blocks in the street. Many of the gold stones engraved with the names and dates of Jewish victims of the Holocaust placed in their last place of residency before they were met with Nazi violence. They are made of a type of metal which the most it is stepped upon, the brighter it will become. -

2 Days in Budapest

Szechenyi Thermal Baths Budapest is situated on top of natural wells that give the baths their minerals and heat. The thermal baths we went to is one of the oldest institution of its kind in Europe. The spa has multiple baths both inside and out with many different helpful benefits. We spent most of our time in the pools outside. The bath house itself is location on the Pest side of Budapest and inside of one of the cities largest parks. - Buda Castle The Castle is located on the top of a large hill along with many other historical and beautiful attractions. After a short walk across the Chain Bridge on the Buda side of the city of Budapest, we worked our way around the hill, seeing Fisherman's bastion, Matthias Church, Alexander Palace, Trinity Square, and passing most of the many museums that are also located on the hill. At the very top of the hill, the entire city is stretched out in front of you, the beautiful view only separated by the Danube River. - Vinatage GardensThis little restaurant was surrounded by cherry blossom trees. Along with the beautiful food, the white wood and chandelier-ridden eatery had amazing and unique food. -

~Time is an Illusion~

The Acropolis of ThessalonikiStanding as a fortress from the Byzantine and Ottoman era, the Acropolis of Thessaloniki is not to be missed. Alongside the overwhelming views of the region there is an opportunity to admire the castle-like structure, which has towers dating back to the years of Roman rule. Regardless of its past as prison, today it calls to tourists and is recognized as a UNESCO sight. I know everyone rushes to Athens, but Acropolis' are plentiful around all of Greece, and the one in Thessaloniki is worth-while if you're a true culture geek like myself. - BelgradeAfter my core course's trip to Kosovo, I thought it only appropriate I pay a visit to Serbia and get a feel for the environment there. First, for an American, I don't necessarily suggest not visiting, but just have your whits about you and don't expect the friendliest treatment. All things considered, I was able to pay a visit to the largest Eastern Orthodox church in the Balkans, which is magnificent even with all the renovation being done. Additionally, I had a beautiful view of the region from Belgrade fortress, which is praised as a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance, and even found myself smack in the middle of a Renaissance fair. For 16 hours I told myself I would never go back to Serbia, but when situated 125 meters high I began to question just how true that was. - East Side GalleryBerlin, Germany has my heart and I would've NEVER expected it. I had no interest in visiting the area, in fact I ended up in the area after taking the wrong bus from Poland. However, the minute I stepped foot into the streets I knew it was going to devastating to leave. There is so much to see it is impossible to do in one day, week, or even month (I suspect). Every corner tells a story, as the city holds so much history and culture. I don't even like art and I found myself looking like an idiot stopping in the middle of walkways just to stare at underappreciated masterpieces. I also stayed at an amazing hostel, which besides costing only 11 dollars for the night had a pool, laundromat, bar, restaurant, and bbq area/garden outside. Typing this is making me sad; if you have time in Europe and want to be stimulated this is definitely the place. (And unfortunately I have no real photos to do this glory justice, so just go see it yourself!!!!) - BarcelonaI'm throwing in Spain because I went only 3 days after my "long-trip" and I generally just want to. On this adventure I visited another student studying abroad (and my fave roomie at Scranton ;). Barcelona was so warm and medieval-ish. The weekend was extremely relaxing. We visited the famous sight La Sagrada Familia, yet tourists be wary, the outside is extravagant but the entire building is under construction. Friday and Saturday nights there is a colorful water show that is simple and memorizing. I took so many photos, and I'm pretty sure they're all more or less the same, but I was in awe so whatcha gonna do. Finally, I spent a relaxing Sunday exploring the region where the Parliamentary building is located. I stumbled upon what I'm going to deem Espana's trevi fountain, and having been to Italy i'm gonna go and say I found this one much more appealing (oops). As is the case in most European cities, Barcelona was large with cultural sights, but small enough that I got a good feel of the area. -

3 Days in Amsterdam

Hotel de HallenGreat boutique hotel, pretty centrally located, but far enough away from the very touristy parta of the city. Close to food hallen, the Jordan district, and has great bars and restaurants close by. - Food Hallen - food hallAwesome food hall where you can get all different types of food - from countries all over the world. Great bar in the middle. Come for lunch or dinner! This picture doesn't do it justice. - Moeders RestaurantMoeders means Mothers in dutch. Traditional dutch cooking. Try the "Hotch Potch" which is essentially a sampler! Delicious food. - Cannibale Royale RestaurantAwesome, modern restaurant. Very meat heavy. The Burger is HUGE and delicious! Make a reservation - it gets packed. - Explore the Jordaan DistrictThis is an awesome neighborhood - great cafe's, shops - vintage and modern, all around beautiful canals. In this area you'll find the Anne Frank House, the tulip museum, the cheese musuem and the houseboat museum. - Floating Flower MarketWalk through the floating flower market as your exploring the city center - Canal CruiseIf it is a nice day, opt for an open air boat cruise around the canals. Great way to see more of the city and enjoy time outside. These boats have drinks onboard, and the guides are great. - Bulldog Coffee ShopOne of the most famous coffee shops. Enjoy some specials goods, and a fresh mint tea ;) - Dampkring Coffee Shopawesome vibes and decor in this coffee shop - Heineken ExperienceThe old Heineken Factory. Very cool museum/"experience." Learn the history of Heineken, and then get a taste a LOT of Heinekens! Fun museum and tour. - The Breakfast Club for BrunchGreat little cafe for brunch! - The Pulitzer Hotel for CocktailsUpscale and posh hotel with a great cocktail bar. Warning - cocktails ARE expensive, but great! - Restaurant Walen for LunchCute cafe on a nice street and canal to enjoy lunch. The tomato soup was delicious! - Red Light District / De WaldenTake a stroll through at night just to experience it! - Koffiehuis De Hoek for a Locals BreakfastI called this Amsterdam's version of an American Diner. Great locals spot for breakfast - quaint! - Quick Breakfast at BerryCute little cafe with a great breakfast menu and juices! -

Explore beautiful and diverse Bohol Island, Philippines

VISIT TARSIER SANCTUARY We visited a park called Tarsier Conservation Area where we paid an entry fee of 60 pesos. It is a relatively small area and it took us around 40 minutes to see all the little tarsiers. There were guards everywhere making sure that the people obey the rules which are: being silent, not taking close photos of the tarsiers and of course not touching them. Remember, any disturbance and stress can cause their death. While many people are critical of this particular conservation center and recommend to visit the other one (called “Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary”) in Bohol we didn’t see any indication that the animals were maltreated. - BEAUTIFUL PANGLAO ISLANDPanglao Island is located just southwest of Tagbilaran. Panglao is a popular tourist destination in the Philippines with many beautiful beaches. Panglao is also rated as one of the top ten diving locations in the world. You can see other small islands near Panglao, such as Gak-ang, Pontod, and Balicasag. We didn’t have much time but I am more than confident that they must be super beautiful. Alona Beach which is the main beach on Panglao Island and is a quiet a touristy place and that was nothing for us. However, it has many restaurants and shops so you can definitely find something you like. We decided to stay at first 1 night at the beach called Dumaluan Beach. - Bilal Man-Made ForestWould you like to explore Bohol on your own? Then, you must rent a scooter. Renting a scooter in South East Asia is the best way to explore places in general 🙂 From endless rice fields, beautiful forests, tiny villages to small hidden waterfalls. Bohol has so much to offer. We really enjoyed driving through Bilal Man-Made Forest. A 2 km stretch of beautiful mahogany trees. Driving on this road surrounded by those tall and big trees raising their branches straight up towards the sky was breathtaking. -

Third Month Studying Abroad in Galway, Ireland

Fun Times in GalwayMuch to everyone's surprise a huge snowstorm hit the country of Ireland at the beginning of the month. Most of the country was put on a Red Alert, grocery stores were closed, and Universitys (including my University, NUIG) cancelled classes for a couple of days. My roommates and I decided to the make the most of the snowstorm by making a huge snowman in front of our apartment! Later in the month, my Italian roommate Cristina and her friends decided to teach us how to make authentic Italian pizza! After experiencing how good it tastes, I will never look at any type of pizza the same again! - Cliffs of Moher Day TripDuring the month of March I also went on a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher! On the way there I explored an ancient cave, stopped in a little Irish cafe for lunch, and took some amazing pictures on the edge of the Cliffs of Moher. The views from the Cliffs were absolutely amazing-- making this hands down one of my favorite days in Ireland. - Dublin for St. Patrick's DayOn March 17th, I traveled to Dublin with my roommate to experience a true Irish St. Patrick's Day. We went to the world famous parade, checked out the Temple Bar area, and went to St. Patrick's Cathedral! - Spring Break Trip to ItalyFor Spring Break a couple of my friends and I visited Naples, Capri, Pompeii, and Rome in Italy! We got to see the bright blue waters of Capri, ancient ruins in Pompeii, and the famous catacombs in Naples! In Rome we visited the iconic Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, and even got to visit Vatican City during Holy Week! I should also mention that throughout the course of the trip we consumed way more pizza, pasta, and gelato than is considered humanely possible! - Naples, Italy - Pompeii, Italy - Capri, Italy -

2 Days in Paris

Disney Land ParisDisney Land Paris did not disappoint! We got there mid morning and spent the rest of the day riding rides and having so much fun. It wasn't too crowded even though we went on a Saturday so we were able to ride most of the rides without waiting too long! - The Eiffel TowerWe decided to go and stop at the Eiffel to see it in the day time and all lit up! It was beautiful. I got a little bit of stage freight and decided not to go all the way up, maybe next time! We rode the carousel across the street from the tower and right by the river. It was a great way to end out short trip. -

4 Days in Barcelona

Sant Pere Santa Caterina i la RibertaThis is the Plaza where the Arc de Triomf is held. It is not too far away from Park De La Ciutadella, which is absolutely gorgeous. The Arc was built in 1888 was/ is an important symbol for the Catalan people and the entire city of Barcelona itself. - Placa de CatalunyaThis area is prime location in Barcelona! This is where our cute little Air B&B was located and where many of the main attractions are located. The area is filled with shops, history and beauty at every turn! The beach and the Arc were just a short walk away! - La Sagrada FamiliaThe Basilica of La Segrada Familia or the Holy Family is unfinished and yet beautiful. We were in awe the entire tour and marveled at the beauty around us. Antoni Gaudi, the architect and visionary behind the Catholic Church also left his mark on the entire city. He changed the face of Barcelona into what it is today, and the city continue to supports his vision. The Basilica is expected to be done in 2026, 100 years after the death of Gaudi. -

Two Months, Too Fast

The Heart of the BalkansIn a 5-day trip with my core course, I went to Europe's newest, and most underrated, country. Kosovo; this place truly has my heart. The small region in former Yugoslavia houses a number of UNESCO world heritage sights that made me want to cry tears of joy, the most excited people who LOVE Americans, and extremely affordable clothes, food, and souvenirs. However, hiking Šar MT (on the border of Macedonia) was the most irreplaceable part of the journey. - Camden Market (Stables Market)London. After all the hype I've heard about the place, honestly it wasn't as magnificent as portrayed. However, Camden Market is worth discussing as it was far beyond expectation. Despite the overwhelming number of food stalls, with delights from every region around the world, the vintage clothing shops and small vendors selling everything from in-scents to Banksy paintings could entice even the most reluctant shoppers. As soon as I walked in I had regretted finding it so late in my trip, and I'd travel back to the U.K. (with an empty suitcase I might add) just to explore the area again. Be warned, the market quickly gains popularity as the weather warms up. - Tivoli GardensIt wouldn't be a summary of my second month abroad without relating back to Copenhagen. Obviously I could write endlessly about my new home, so I'll spare everyone and just comment on Tivoli. Located in the center of the city, the well-known park is open only for a select period during the winter. The amusement park makes you forget just how cold it is to be walking around Denmark in February, given the region's transformation into a "snowy wonderland." Inside, there are smaller shops selling everything from hot chocolate to wool scarfs, and a collection of restaurants you won't want to avoid. It's definitely worth a visit, especially for anyone into ice-skating or kid-oriented rides. -

Studying Abroad in Lismore, Australia

Cape Byron LighthouseWe trekked the two mile trail, while battling jet lag, up to the beautiful Cape Byron Lighthouse! The views on the trail were amazing. This world famous landmark is located on the most western point of Australia! - Currumbin Wildlife SanctuaryThis wildlife sanctuary was awesome! We got to hold koalas, pet kangaroos, and see other animals that are native to Australia. - Byron Bay Surf CampWe enjoyed a three day camp where we stayed in Backpackers Inn Hostel. On Saturday, we started out the day by doing a scuba diving course in the hostel pool. We also went paddle boarding in one of the lakes outside of Byron Bay. To end the day, we took a surfing lesson and rode the world famous waves of Byron Bay. On Sunday, we went sea kayaking where we tried our hardest not to get sea sick and tip over our kayak. It was an awesome adventure! - Sydney (Day 1)On Easter weekend Nick (Scranton), Ryan (California), Vemund (Norway), and I traveled down to Sydney! We left campus Friday morning and caught the one hour flight down to the largest city in Australia. On our first day we walked around Kings Cross, an area of Sydney where our hostel was located, and over to St Mary's Cathedral. Once we felt like we walked enough, we caught a twenty minute Uber to the world famous Bondi Beach! Since it was Good Friday, the beach was packed with tourists and Australians. The water was so clear you could see your feet and all the fish swimming by you. To end the day we decided to rent bikes to get back to our Hostel. What we didn't know was that the four miles it took to get home would be full of difficult uphill battles. It was a great first day in Sydney and really set the tone for the rest of the trip! - Sydney (Day 2)We decided to get an early start to the day to make the most of our limited time in Sydney. We rented more bikes to get to our 9am tour of the Sydney Opera House. It was about a thirty minute ride that took us through the Sydney Botanical Gardens. Once we got to the Opera House, we were all blown away by the design and beauty of the massive building. One of the nice things about the early tour was that the Opera House wasn't crowded by tourists and it gave us a chance to explore the outside of it without people getting in our way. The Opera house also offered great views of the Sydney Harbor Bridge. The tour took us through the building and into the main stages of the Opera House. The tour guide was funny and offered interesting facts about the building's history. The main theatre was enormous and breathtaking! If I ever go back I would love to see some type of show there. After the tour we traveled into the main part of the city where we checked out some stores and explored around. We went to the Sydney Tower Eye, which is the tallest building in Sydney. We bought tickets that took us up to the top. It was incredible to see the whole city from one vantage point. After that we walked around the city, did some shopping, then caught a bus back to our hostel and got some dinner to end day two! - Sydney (Day 3)Our final day in Sydney was just as exciting as the rest! We got up early again to make it to the Sydney Royal Easter Show! This was a giant fair that was held in the Olympic Park. It had carnival rides, games, live animals, and plenty of other stuff to do! Vemund won $50 from one of the games! Although it was cool to see the Park, the fair was so crowded and it was very hot so it was difficult to stay for long. When we left we took the train across town to the ferry that carried us over to Manly Beach. It was nice to relax on a beach after nonstop walking for the past couple of days. We got a late lunch and hung out there until it started to get dark. When we were swimming we had to evacuate the water because a shark was seen in the area. Although we were bummed to get out of the water, it was cool to experience something that is so Aussie! When we took the ferry back, we rode by the illuminated Opera House. It was just as beautiful during the night! We got dinner down the street from the Opera House and then walked around it before we had to go back to the hostel to get to bed for our 7am flight the next morning. Sydney was one of the best cities I have ever been to. The people were so friendly and everything seemed very clean! I really hope I can visit again one day! - Camp BornhoffenWe went camping for our outdoor education class. The class is designed to help students feel more comfortable outdoors and teaches them important camping and navigating skills. We went on a three day trip at Camp Bornhoffen in Queensland. We learned map and compass skills, and did team building activities. We also went swimming in a river and did a bunch of high rope courses. To end the second day we did about a two hour hike up the mountain to our new campsite. This site featured a large cave that was perfect to sleep in! Even with hearing bats and bugs flying over our heads in the cave, it was a pretty good sleep! The next day we continued our hike to the summit of the mountain. At the top, there was an awesome cave system that we were allowed to explore. It got so tight at some points we had to army crawl. After taking in the incredible views at the summit, we abseiled the 25 meter cliff down to the bottom. It was pretty scary, but we all made it down. This trip was pretty fun! We got to meet and spend time with new people and practice the skills we've been learning in the class room! - The OutbackFor our week of study break we went on a tour of The Outback! This trip was put on by the University we study at so we didn't have to worry about any of the planning. We spent 5 days, 4 nights in the middle of the desert and it was an unforgettable experience. On the first day we met a local aboriginal woman, Loy, who taught us about her culture and the stories of her ancestors. She took us on a walk and told us mythological stories of how the landscape around us was created. She was very friendly and generous to share her stories with us. On the first day we also met the flies of the The Outback. These things were annoying as well as persistent. They'd swarm your face all day, although they didn't bite, they would fly in your eyes, nose, ears, anywhere they could get into. In the pictures you can see my face wrapped up which was the only way to get a little protection from them. There's also a picture of them on Loy's back. To end the day we had a delicious Kangaroo and pasta dish that we helped our tour guide Michael prepare. After sitting around the fire for a little bit, we rolled out our swags, which were basically an outer shell you'd sleep in that would keep your sleeping bag from laying in the dirt and kept you a little bit warmer. We slept under the stars every night. I saw more shooting stars the first night than I have in my entire life. Being miles away from any lights made the stars incredible! This was always my favorite part of the day. The next day we woke up from a combination of sun and flies crawling on our face. Today did a 7 km hike through the West MacDonnell Ranges. It started out pretty flat, but quickly changed to an uphill battle. The top offered tremendous views of the valley we'd soon be walking into. After hiking through the valley, we made it to a canyon. The huge cliff face around us gave us some shade that we took advantage of and rested for a little and ate some snacks. We walked up to another lookout that gave us a great view of the hike we just completed. After a quick lunch, we went swimming in a spring in the canyon that felt tremendous. The water allowed us to escape the heat and the flies that didn't let up at all through the whole day. We were all pretty tired after the hike so the rest of the day consisted of driving a couple hours on bumpy dirt roads to our campsite and hanging out there. In the middle of the night we heard the howling of dingoes. It was pretty cool to hear them and apparently at one point they were about five feet from us, but I didn't wake up for that. The next day we woke up before the sun and drove Kings Canyon where we planned to hike. Unfortunately, it was too hot so the hike was closed so we did a much shorter walk through the canyon. Since we had time to kill we did another short walk through an old cattle yard where we thought we'd see some snakes, but we left disappointed. It was late afternoon by this point so we made our way to the next campsite that had a swimming pool that we enjoyed! This campsite also had a little hill that we climbed up to enjoy The Outback sunset. We made a plan to wake up at 4am the next morning so we could do the hike that we couldn't do today, but this time we'd watch the sunrise from the top of the canyon. We all went to bed early so we'd have plenty of energy for the next day. We stayed true to our word and we were all up by 4 and we were right on schedule to reach the top for the sunrise. The first part of the hike was done in the dark, but we all had flashlights so we were able to make our way up the steepest part of the hike. We made it to the biggest rock at the top of the canyon by the time the sun started to peek over the horizon. It was amazing to see the sun rise on one side and its light drop down the canyon on the other side. We hung out here for a while taking in the view then we continued our hike. We dropped down into a gorge called the Garden of Eden. It was full of vegetation and a beautiful spring, but unfortunately we couldn't swim in this one. After enjoying the shade the gorge provided, we made it to the opposite side of where we watched the sunrise. We tested out the echo of the canyon and then walked down back to the bus. It was about a 4 hour hike. We drove back to the campsite and took a quick dip in the pool and made some lunch. Then we made about a three hour drive to Kata Tjuta which were massive rock structures that were basically mountains. The were really cool. We did a short walk through a valley between two of mountains. About 18km away was the world famous Uluru. We drove over that direction and hung out at a lookout to watch the sun set on the ginormous rock. There were some aboriginal women who I bought some paintings from. Each painting tells a different aboriginal story. Once the sun set we drove to our final campsite where we enjoyed the stars one more time. On our final day we woke up before the sun again around 5am. We did a base walk around Uluru during the sunrise. Uluru is the largest rock in the world. It's about 6 miles to walk around it and about 300 meters high. So you can imagine how large it is, but this only about 10% of it, the rest of the rock is underground. The face of it was full of caves and some parts of it was sacred so we weren't allowed to take pictures of it. One kid in our group took a picture at the sacred area and two minutes later got a bloody nose. We took our time walking around it. It was pretty amazing to experience a place with so much history and meaning. It started raining at one point and we were told that this is super unlikely and we were lucky to experience rain at Uluru. Uluru is the main attraction of The Outback so it was really cool to experience it after hearing so much about it. Once we made it back to the bus we drove to a campsite to eat some lunch then drove to the airport for our flight home! This was my favorite trip of my time abroad. It was so beautiful and rich with history. It's hard to find places that offer a combination like that as good as The Outback does. - CairnsAfter our trip to The Outback, Nick and I decided to do a quick weekend trip to Cairns which is about a two hour flight north of Lismore. Cairns is a small city, but attracts tourists because of the Great Barrier Reef. Before we got to Australia we made it a priority to go snorkel around the reef so we were excited to finally be doing it! We arrived at our hostel around dinner time so we explored into town to go get a bite to eat. Since it was a Friday night the town was pretty lively so we walked around a little bit, but went back early because we had to wake up around 6:30 to get ready for our snorkel tour! The ride out to the outer reef, which is the best part to explore, took about two hours. We were able to meet other tourists on the boat and we were provided with a complimentary lunch. Luckily it was a pretty smooth ride so I didn't feel sea sick. Before our dive we had to get fitted for our sting suits which protected you from box jellyfish stings. It was basically a full body wetsuit, but not as thick. We also got our snorkels, goggles, and flippers so we were ready to go! The reef was amazing! Although it lacked the color I was expecting, it was so intricate and cool to look at it. The color the reef lacked was made up by the colorful fish. Everywhere you'd turn in the water there was a pretty good chance you'd see a group of fish. We were able to get pretty close to them as well. It was fun to dive down and try to follow them as long as you could before you needed air. We visited two dive spots on the outer reef. We saw a lot of cool fish, but we couldn't find any Nemos :( (clownfish). We swam around for about two hours total and then we got back on the boat and went back to land. Although the reef was amazing, it was sad to see the stories about it dying being true. Our adventure and excitement didn't stop with snorkeling the reef. The next day we went bungee jumping! We went to the only place in Australia where bungee jumping is offered. It was a fifty meter jump from a platform and you had about a three second free fall until the bungee caught you. It lowered you down and dipped you in a pond that was below you and then shot you back up! It was incredible! I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to do it, but sometimes you can't think and just do! I think it was almost too exhilarating because the moment they unstrapped me I ran to the bathroom because I thought I was going to throw up. Nothing ever came up, but I did feel queasy for the rest of the day. For the rest of the day we walked around Cairns. There were plenty of shops to visit, including an awesome Night Market where I bought an authentic Australian designed shirt. We also stopped at a Didjeridoo store where the owner gave us a free impromptu lesson. Cairns is also home to an awesome park that had volleyball courts, swimming pools, and a bunch of other fun activities. In the park, there was a festival at night where a live band played and hundreds of people were picnicing and dancing. Cairns was an awesome trip! We were able to cross two things off my bucket list so I was pretty happy. Although it's a small town it sure had a lot to offer and we took full advantage of it! - New Zealand Road TripThey say if you go to Australia you'd be stupid not to check out New Zealand while you're down there. So we did a 10 day road trip through the two Islands. We landed in Queenstown on April 26. It was so beautiful and perfect it almost felt like a place you'd be visiting in Disney World. Its a little town that is bordered by huge Lake Wakatipu and even huger mountain ranges. It was a little cold and overcast, like a fall day in Scranton, so it felt like I was back at home kinda. The streets are full of smaller shops that are fun to explore in and are full of New Zealand's famous wool products. We also experience what is said to be the best burger in the world at Fergburger. It was pretty amazing. The only problem with our trip was we didn't have much time to stay in any one location for more than a day. Which was kind of disappointing because I could've spent a week in the Queenstown area. - Roy's PeakAfter a couple days of travel we found ourselves in Wanaka! This is a little town in the center of the south island. A person we met during our journey told us to check out Roys Peak which is right outside of the town. So there we were! We did a lot of driving the first half of the day so we were all excited to get our blood moving with this hike. It was about 3 pm and it was going to get dark in a couple hours so we just planned to get as far up the mountain as possible. The coolest thing about this hike was that the first half of it doubled as a sheep farm so we'd walk by flocks on our way up and avoided their poop on the trail. About 1200 feet up we started seeing snow and then all of the sudden the whole trail was covered in it! It was nice to see some snow after living in the Australian heat for the past couple months. It took us about two hours to reach a lookout that wasn't too far from the top. It was getting dark and cold so we decided to not go any further. The lookout was incredible. It offered great views of the town, lake, and other mountain ranges in the background. We hung out here for a little bit until the cold finally got to us and then started our trek back down! - Bali: Monkey Forest We went to Bali for about a week and the coolest place we went to was the Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud. It was amazing! I was expecting to see a couple monkeys running around, but I was happy to be proven wrong. Monkeys were everywhere! Running right by your feet and climbing in the trees above you. If they found you interesting they'd jump on you and explore your backpack, hair, and jewelry. But we had to be careful, because they are excellent thieves. They stole one of my friend's earrings and were constantly trying to unzip my backpack. If they got their hands on your stuff, it was very unlikely you'd get it back. The sanctuary was also full of temples and sculptures. You could walk around for hours and not get bored. It was a great and peaceful escape from the busy streets of Bali. It was easily one of the best places I visited in my time abroad. -

Second Month Studying Abroad in Galway, Ireland

Exploring GalwayThis month, I joined a variety of activities on campus such as Film Society, Global Lounge, and the International Students Society. I also saw a production of the play "The Producers," visited the Galway City Museum, and walked along the docks on one of the rare days it was sunny in Galway! - Weekend in LondonDuring the first week of February, my friends and I decided to take a weekend trip to London, UK! We visited the Tower of London and British Museum, took a ride to the top of the London Eye, and (for any Harry Potter fans out there) got to see Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station! - Long Weekend to Brussels and AmsterdamTo finish off the month of February, a couple other girls and I visited Brussels, Belgium and Amsterdam, Netherlands for a long weekend. In Brussels, we saw the spectacular Chinese New Year Light Show, ate too many Belgian waffles and fries, and even traveled to the top of the Atomium! - Long Weekend to Brussels and AmsterdamIn Amsterdam, we took a cruise along the beautiful canals, ventured through a tulip market, sampled some famous Amsterdam cheese, and explored the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum! -

My Study Abroad Experience in Rome and Weekend Travels

2018 Venice CarnivalThe Carnival of Venice is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter, on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. One of the highlights of the trip and carnival itself, was seeing the Venetian masks that is a centuries-old tradition of Venice, Italy. The masks are typically worn during the Carnival, but have been used on many other occasions in the past, usually as a device for hiding the wearer's identity and social status. - PompeiiPompeii provides an outstanding information on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of the past. The city has re-emerged from the darkness of centuries precisely as it would have been when it was unexpectedly buried in the thick layer of ash and lava which poured down from the devastating eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Pompeii remains one of my favorite ruin sites that I have ever seen. The way that the homes and ancient roadways are preserved after being uncovered will blow you away. If any of you ever get the chance to visit, I promise you will not be disappointed. - Weekend trip to Lisbon!I love traveling and learning about different cultures. This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit Lisbon, Portugal and it was an incredible trip. I stayed with one my close friends family members and was able to explore this beautiful city from a locals perspective. I can honestly say that I love food just as much as traveling and the food in Lisbon was phenomenal!!! I ate a traditional dish called Bacalhau, is the Portuguese word for cod. This was one of my favorite destinations so far and I can't wait to visit again!! - Quick trip to Milan!I was able to recently visit Milan, the Italian capital of fashion! This beautiful city has so much to offer, from history to shopping to gorgeous architecture, and even better you can catch its top highlights in a single day. Our first day there we visited the beautiful Piazza del Duomo and got to feed pigeons!!! (it kind of freaked me out because they all came flying at me at once but it was definitely an experience to remember). Afterwards we visited the shopping district located on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. In the pictures I posted below, you can really see how luxurious this shopping center really is. Later on that day I also had the BEST gelato that I have ever had (check out the picture below). Milan is a beautiful city filled with the kindest people and I'm thankful for the time I got to spend there. -

A Rogue Road Trip Around Oman

MuscatMuscat feels almost like three distinct coastal towns, that are partly separated by hills. Two days is more than enough time to see the main sights – the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Mutrah Souq and Al Alam Palace are a must. Sultan Qaboos is truly stunning – large enough to hold 6500 worshippers, it’s an incredibly impressive sight. Ladies, make sure you cover your hair and dress respectfully, covering up as much as possible. Tip: Muscat taxis are incredibly expensive for non-Arabic speakers. Therefore, it’s definitely worth picking up your hire car straight away, which is the mistake we made – we thought we wouldn’t need a car in the city, but it cost us! - Wadi ShabDrive about an hour and a half South East of Muscat and you reach Binmah Sinkhole. This pristine blue vista is the perfect spot to swim and cool off after the morning’s drive. You’ll probably only need to spend an hour or so here, so we promptly continued our journey down the coast to Wadi Shab. Now this is really something – we hiked for hours between the beautiful rock faces, swimming in perfect pools along the way. We didn’t see other people for up to an hour at a time, and it felt like this little slice of heaven was totally ours. Accommodation in Wadi Shab is difficult because it’s fairly remote. We stayed at Wadi Shab Resort, which was definitely worth the few extra $. We ventured into the local town of Tiwi for dinner. I must admit that here I did feel a little unsettled at times as a young female traveller, but it definitely didn’t put me off. - Ras Al Jinz Turtle ReserveAfter Wadi Shab, we continued onto Sur, Oman’s second city. As a more industrial port town, we just used this as a stopover before carrying on to Ras al-Jinz, the incredible turtle reserve. Here, we experienced our first night of the trip in a tented camp, following a magical evening watching the giant green turtles lay, and young hatch. I’ve always been quite suspicious of tourist attraction turtle reserves disrupting the natural habits and environments of the animals, but I was so impressed with the care our guide took in ensuring they were not disturbed. Unfortunately no photos here, as the light would have been too invasive. - Dune Driving in Wahiba SandsThe next stop on our itinerary was Wahiba Sands – the vast desert in Northern Oman. The driving got serious here. We drove on the highways as far as Bidyah, before we had to rely on satellite coordinates to take across 60km into the desert. We made rookie errors here – we left the road at midday, in 50 degree heat, with less than a litre of water in the car. Down to our lack of experience with dune driving, we had some real problems traversing the desert – we got stuck, really really stuck, and I was scared. Luckily, we managed to find some phone signal to get in touch with the desert camp, who sent some guys to come help us. Not for the faint hearted! That said, this could have all been avoided – nearly all the camps provide a service where they’ll meet you at the road and drive with you to the camp. It was all worth it in the end, and we spent a phenomenal night riding the dunes, feeling so far away from all civilisation. Tip: We deliberated for weeks in the run up to our trip whether we’d need a 4×4, rather than a normal saloon hire car. I must admit, to do the adventure justice, a 4WD is 100% necessary. - Hiking Jebel Shams and Exploring Ancient FortsAfter our hairy entry to the desert, we had a smooth exist to continue our journey to the mountains. I never thought I could go from endless sand to thunderous mountains in just a few hours, but it all seems possible in Oman. Jebel Shams, often called the Grand Canyon of the Middle East, was the highlight of the trip for me. Driving down the single-track roads required the ultimate teamwork of navigator and rally driver, with exhilarating drops into the canyon below at every turn. Hiking the Balcony Walk was stunning – the photos speak for themselves. The final stop on our rogue road trip took us to the very traditional town of Nizwa. With ancient forts in abundance, and beautiful streets to explore, it’s a great stopover from Jebel Shams on the way back to Muscat. If you can time it so that you’re in town for the Friday morning Goat Market, that’s even better – you can observe locals trading goats and camels as if you’ve gone back hundreds of years. -

7 days backpacking Europe with my mom

Le Panier D'OrThe most wonderful restaurant in Brugge! All of the servers will treat you like family and the food is to die for! Only the best memories at this restaurant. -

Hygge: Discovering Denmark

NyhavnAs a consequence of being a tourist, Nyhavn was inevitably my first (and second) stop the weekend I arrived in Copenhagen. The old sailor village, built in the late 17th century, consists of a number of colorful buildings housing cafes, restaurants, and small shops. Although a bit pricey even for this city, its charm relates to the fact that the view is somewhat out of a fairy-tale; which makes sense considering Hans Christian Anderson actually lived there. Today, you're likely to find an abundance of travelers lounging around the harbor. I recommend visiting once the temperature warms up in order to take advantage of the popular canal tours. - Kastellet: The CitadelAt the center of Copenhagen stands the oldest, best preserved star fortress in Northern Europe. Kastellet, which contains part of the Danish military and the headquarters of the National Guard, is credited for its role in the defense of Denmark. Additionally, a number of historical sights are located within the pentagram, so it serves as a beautiful public park. (Views of the church literally took my breath away) - Royal Danish Navy Joint Operation's CenterDespite my study abroad being focused in Copenhagen, the program I am with (DIS) values itself on various opportunities to partake in faculty-led study tours. Students are expected to pick a core course, in addition to a major, and participate in hands-on activities. This past week, which was deemed core course week, I was lucky enough to travel to Aarhus in the Northern area of the country with my humanitarian law class, and get a lecture by one of only seven commanders who run the Danish Navy. Honestly, this has been my greatest experience in Denmark thus far. We were taken to a base located within the woods and behind barbed-wire fences. My teacher, who happens to be heavily involved with the military himself, organized a presentation in which we learned about maritime operations within Danish waterways and got insight on laws pertaining to sovereignty. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience, and although we technically weren't authorized to take pictures I managed to get one of the "instructor." My class also visited Aarhus University, which is the largest school in Denmark, where we were given an amazing talk on the laws of armed conflict by a Lieutenant Colonel who doubles as a professor. Finally, we visited the modern art museum which proves fairly popular among locals and visitors, and I have attached a photo of the class (in the famous rainbow room) so you can see my beautiful face. -

Bachelorette Weekend in Tulum

Stay @ Alma Tulum HotelAlma Tulum is amazing - highly recommend staying here! Beautiful beach (lots of hammocks, bean bags & swing chairs) and walking distance to all the shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Carlos = best waiter there and hooked us up all weekend! - Dinner + Dancing @ GitanoGitano was amazing! Highly recommend going for dinner, or a late dinner and dancing. Great vibes, music & food. Grilled avocado was 🔥 - DinnerGood vibes and music but the food was just ok. Waiter opted us in for the family style menu. Disclaimer: the steak tacos come with crispy crickets... ha - Shop @There are so many cute stores in Tulum town but I loved this one! Cute crochet bathing suits, straw bags and boho dresses... - Shop @ Wildsea BoutiqueCute boutique with boho beachwear. Check it out while walking down the strip! -

From Marrakech to the Saharan desert

Ksar Ait Ben HaddouGame of Thrones, Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia... This spectacular decor is only 4 hours drive far from Marrakech through scenic Atlas Mountains, definietly worth it ! You must spend a night into the Ksar, at Kasbah Tebi, it's a unique experience !! - Fint Oasis, a cinematic experience !It is nearly impossible to imagine, departing from Ouarzazate and traversing the dry, desolate terrain of the Anti-Atlas Mountains ( about 20 min drive ), that any place so green, lush and full of life can be on the horizon. But suddenly you spot it : a massive verdant palm grove ! Stunning ! Lots of Hollywood films were filmed there ;) - Dades gorges and canyonYou'll see there beautiful green oases at the bottom of canyons, high arid mountains, picturesque villages and reddish colored rock formations. - Saharan desertCamel ride and overnight stay in the desert was a once in a lifetime experience ! We stayed in a traditional Bedouin camp with a traditional meal, tea and of course singing, drums and dancing ! Giant dunes. Silence. Serenity. Bright stars all around you. Both Sunset AND Sunrise from atop the dunes were spectacular! - Valley of RosesThe heart of the valley is a heaven of freshness and surprising landscapes inhabited by incredibly welcoming people. Better visit it in May-June when the valley is filled with rose fields !! - Kasbah AmridilThis place was fascinating to visit. The family have been trying to restore it on their own and do charge a small sum to visit. Off the tourist route.... no visitors when we were there ! After Amridil, you will have such a sense of how these kasbahs worked on a social, familial, and political level, scattered across the oases of the Saharan Desert. - Kasbah TelouetThis Kasbah is truly a hidden gem, picturesque and richly decorated (stucco, mosaics...) It was the seat of the El Glaoui family's power. The road from Ait Ben Haddou to Telouet is one of the most scenic we've seen ! - Riad Be in MarrakechAfter this road trip we needed a peaceful place to rest ! Riad Be was the perfect place. The decor is absolutely beautiful and the friendly staff made us feel home away from home ! Best breakfast ever ! -

First Month Studying Abroad in Galway, Ireland

ConnemaraI visited the beautiful scenery of Connemara- including Leenane and Kylemore Abbey! I learned about the traditional Irish landscapes as well as the history behind many of them! - National University of Ireland, GalwayI started taking classes at the National University of Ireland, Galway! I am taking a variety of classes to learn more about the Irish culture such as the "Development of the Medieval Castles" and "Myths, Religion, and Folklore!" - Eyre Square and Shop StreetBeing so close to the downtown area, I constantly walk from school or my apartment to explore the live music, coffee shops, and restaurants Galway has to offer! -

Swim, Dive and Hike through North Queensland, Australia

Fitzroy Island, CairnsAn hour 1/2 ferry ride from Carins' port, you can head over to Fitzroy Island Resort. I went for a day trip and did not go to the resort, however the resort is the only building on the island, so ferries drop you off there. You can rent paddle boards and paddle over shallow reefs. There is a hiking trail to 'Nudey Beach' which is stunning. You truly feel like you are the only people in the world exploring a hidden secret. - Wet Tropics World Heritage Area 'Mossman Gorge'Near Port Douglas, an hour drive from Cairns, you can head up the coast towards the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world. The rainforest is quite vast, with multiple entrances and routes. We explored the Mossman Gorge, hiking easy-moderate trails. We saw wild pigs and a cassowary, an endangered large bird native to Northern Queensland! The photo of the water was on our drive from Cairns to Port Douglas, make sure to stop and take in the scenery on the way! - Port Douglas rainforest cottage, AribnbWe stayed in an Airbnb, 10 minutes from Port Douglas. This cottage completed our experience. The home is in the rainforest with incredible views, on the top of a mountain. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9652659 - Port DouglasHead into town early before dinner and bring a bottle of wine. You will see a park, with lots of car gathered. Enjoy the sunset! - Scuba Dive Great Barrier ReefScuba diving was my #1 goal for my trip. As a first timer, I was super excited and nervous. We booked our excursion through Compass Cruises. My cousin that I went with is certified so we couldn't go in the same group, as I needed an intro class. The instructor, Simon, was amazing. I saw unbelievable wild life, they helped you feel comfortable with the equipment and serve you lots of wine and food to end your day. This was a full day excursion. I feel it goes without stating, but if you do get sea sick, you've been warned. There were a handful of people that were sick. -

Ireland Family Trip

Local LunchI failed at finding a quality restaurant in town worth raving about but almost anywhere will serve a dish similar to this. Meat and potatoes is the go-to bar food but you can definitely find nicer dining options with a quick walk in town. - Castle's & CourtyardsThere are many beautiful castles, churches and historic buildings in the Temple bar area of Dublin. I highly recommend writing down a few necessary stops while in Dublin. Two of my favorite's are the St. Patricks Cathedral and The Christ Church Cathedral. Unfortunately my phone died so i couldn't get any great photo's of the Cathedrals, but I attached two I saw online that represent the Church's well. The Christ Cathedral has a medieval tour guide trip underneath the church where you can explore a cool cave. - Guiness FactoryI only had enough time to stop at the Guiness Factory or the Jameson Factory. The local Irishmen told me the Guiness Tour is the better bang for your buck. The tour includes multiple floors or information on how the beer is brewed, how the beer became so popular and of course, a fresh tasting at the top with a great view of Dublin City. I also added a picture of my mom next to the barrel's the beer's shipped in. - Night LifeThere are A LOT of bar's to explore while in Dublin. I heard to go to a few non-touristy bar's but unfortunately I visited during Halloween weekend which, Irish folk take very seriously so I dressed up in costume with everyone else and went bar hopping around town. Every bar will have Guiness and Jameson and every bar will tell you there the first bar in Dublin. I would find out when the local Soccer "Futbol" or Rugby game's are being played and go to the bar's with the most local's in it. Temple Bar is great because you can walk everywhere and if your not feeling one bar, you can walk into the one next door and have a great time. - Trinity CollegTrinity College is known for being one of the most beautiful campuses in the world so we had to walk through campus and pretend like we were students. Walking through the courtyard and into the classrooms was very cool with a lot of great artictecture to admire. Stop in the Pavilion Bar on campus to grab a beer during your walk-through. -

10 Day Pilgrimage Through The Holy Land

The Jordan RiverNaturally, there were many Holy sites to be seen. This one, in particular, was amazing! Anyone could feel the excitement surrounding the river. The line was crazy to get to the river, so I was unable to get down by the water, but the views were well worth it! It was a once in a life time experience to see people who waited years to get baptized to finally have their moment. - Jerusalem MarketsThe one aspect of the food culture that was great was the grab-n-go effect! The group and I rarely sat in restaurants. In stead, we grabbed delicious falafel's on the go whilst touring that were amazing. I do have to admit, I miss them terribly. -

21 Days Studying Abroad in Berlin, Germany

Day Trip to Potsdam, GermanyPotsdam was a residence of the Prussian kings and the German Kaiser until 1918. Its planning embodied ideas of the Age of Enlightenment: through a careful balance of architecture and landscape, Potsdam was intended as "a picturesque, pastoral dream" which would remind its residents of their relationship with nature and reason. -

21 Days Studying Abroad in Berlin, Germany

Day Excursion to Hamburg, Germany -

21 Days Studying Abroad in Berlin, Germany

Visit to Berlin OlympiastadionThe Olympic Stadium is Berlin's largest sports stadium. It was built for the 1936 Summer Olympic Games, it now hosts major sports and entertainment events. Berlin's Olympiastadion and Glockenturm (Olympic Stadium and Bell Tower) was built for the 1936 Olympic Games when the 2400m horse-racing track in the Grunewald district, by Otto March 1909, was demolished in 1934 to make room for a new National Stadium designed by March's sons Werner and Walter March and supervised by Hitler's Imperial Interior Ministry. - Dinner at Russian Tea RoomThe tearoom was built as a Tajikistan pavilion at one of the Leipzig trade fairs in the 1970s. After the trade fair ended, the pavilion was donated by the Soviet Republic of Tajikistan to their East German hosts. The pavilion then moved to the first floor of Berlin's Palais am Festungsgraben. The tearoom's lush interior is decorated entirely in a classical Persian style, with carved wooden pillars and thick Persian carpets. Tea and food are served on low wooden tables which are typical of central Asia. Guests sit on the floor, stretched out on comfortable cushions, and visitors are required to take their shoes off before stepping onto the carpet. -

Journey through the Scottish Highlands

The Piper BarIf you don't have enough time in Scotland but you still want to try as many traditional dishes as possible, give the Piper Bar a visit. The location is great since it's right next to George Square. We ordered 9 Scottish tapas to share and tried a little bit of everything. The winner for me was the Scotch pie with beans and the Haggis Pakora. - The Butchershop Bar & GrillAfter walking around the city we were already starving. We stumbled upon this place on our way to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The guys were big carnivores so the Butchershop sounded like heaven to them. The place looks super clean and organized with a perfect service. It almost felt like you're in a Michelin starred restaurant. Our waiter brought different cuts of meat so my friends had the chance to choose their steak. I ordered a vegetarian artichokes risotto and it really was one of the best I've had. - Kelvingrove Art Gallery and MuseumWith its incredible architecture, this museum hosts a variety of art exhibitions, taxidermy, and historical artifacts. If you only have one day in Glasgow, Kelvingrove is a must see! - University of Glasgow A really stunning building, We were so glad to have stumbled upon the cloisters. It is worth wandering the whole campus to check out the view, the architecture, and the history. - Botanical Garden Magnificant glass house that houses the national collection of tree ferns. Plants from tropical rainforests grow in the palm house. You can wander around for free there. - Tinderbox Cafe Trendy cafe with delicious cakes and snacks. - Highlands and Loch Ness tour After a pretty good night of partying at Ashton Lane, we managed to wake up and get on the bus that was taking us to Loch Ness. We chose Timberbush Tours as they had a pretty good itinerary at a reasonable price. The road to Inverness was incredibly beautiful, we stopped to have lunch at Ben Nevis and continued our journey to Loch Ness. Loch Ness, 24 miles long and over 700 feet deep, is most famous for its sightings of the Loch Ness monster. We took a 'Loch Ness by Jacobite' cruise and explored the ruins of Urquhart Castle. -

Two nights in Angkor

Ancient City AngkorAngkor, in Cambodia’s northern province of Siem Reap, is one of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia. It extends over approximately 400 square kilometres (it's HUGE)! The ancient city consists of several temples, impressive monuments, several different ancient urban plans and large water reservoirs. Temples such as Angkor Wat, the Bayon, Preah Khan and Ta Prohm (known from Tomb Raider), are some of the main temples. Practical info: Entrance fee * One day visit US$ 37 * Three days visit US$ 62 * Seven days visit US$ 72 Opening hours Ticket centers are open 5:00am - 5:30pm Angkor Wat and Srassrang - 5:00am - 5:30pm Phnom Bakheng and Pre Rup Temple - 5:00am - 7:00pm Other temples - 7:30am - 5:30pm Dress code You should wear long pants, covering the knees and shirts covering the shoulders. If you do not follow these guidelines you will be asked to do so, and if not, be turned away from the temples. - Sarai Resort & SpaSmall, luxury hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Offering a really nice pool area, spa facility, good location, close to the Pub Street and Night Market. Nice rooms, great food and friendly staff who helped us with our trip to Angkor Wat. We can strongly recommend this hotel. -

Biking through Muckross in Killarney

Muckross AbbeyWhile in Killarney National Park, I got to walk through Muckross Abbey. Muckross Abbey is both a modern Irish Graveyard, as well as an old Irish Monastery. This site dates back to the very beginning of Christianity forming in Ireland. The pictures shown here portray a glimpse of the ruins of a Franciscan frairy, as well as graveyard that is still in use to this date! - Torc WaterfallWhile on the Killarney National Park tour, the students and I came across the Torc Waterfall. This amazing waterfall is 70-80 feet high, offering amazing opportunities for tourists to get beautiful pictures of the waterfall, and the area surrounding this spot. Bike riding up to the waterfall also provided me with a spectacular view of Killarney National Park. Even though it took climbing up 100 steps to get to see this view, it was most definitely worth it. -

10 Days in Dingle

The Town of DingleThe town of Dingle had so many fantastic restaurants, shops, and activities to keep me very occupied while staying there. While there, I ate some of the best food I've ever had in my life, got some amazing pictures, and met some very friendly people. I never once found myself to be bored while study abroad here. There was always something to do in Dingle, whether it was checking out a new restaurant/ café, making St. Brigit's crosses/ taking a pottery class, or even souvenir shopping. - Dingle PeninsulaThe Dingle Peninsula was definitely a site to see. This beautiful peninsula contained remnants of what were once castles, as well as a holy well. While exploring this holy well, students were given the opportunity to drink the water that was flowing from this well. While being very skeptical to drink it at first, this water was the most pure, clean-tasting water I have ever had in my life. - Slea HeadDuring my time in Dingle, I made two visits to Slea Head - and I still feel as though it wasn't enough to capture it's beauty. Climbing up to the top of Slea Head may have been extremely cold and windy, but it was all worth it for the amazing view. While visiting Slea Head, I was able to see one of the cliffs where a segment of the new, Star Wars, movie was filmed. This cliff was an old monastic site known as, Ceann Sibéal. Visiting this site was so fascinating and I hope I get the chance to come back and see it again! -

Bagan and Yangon, Myanmar

Rangoon Tea HouseWe had a quick dinner at the Rangoon Tea House in Yangon which was great. Burmese Tea Shop cuisine as we've come to know came over to Burma (Myanmar) during a time of high migration in the late 1920's from British India when tea shops were beginning to appear everywhere. The tea house itself has been completely renovated and is a cool place to grab a bite, tea or cocktail. Not to miss: the Tea Leaf Salad. - Sule Shangri-La YangonExcellent location with all you'd come to expect with staying at a Shangri-La property. We had the breakfast buffet at the in-house restaurant which was everything you'd expect in Asia. We also had the lunch buffet which is forgettable, do yourself a favour and go to another restaurant in the city. The spa is nice, but the massage was pretty whatever. You'll need to book in advance if you're looking for an appointment the day of, which might be difficult to get. The gym facilities are proper- very nice and very clean. Taxi from the airport to the hotel will cost you about $10USD if you grab a taxi from the airport. You can also use the app Grab Taxi and book from phone, however, the taxi's from the airport are safe, efficient and clean. There is an ATM in the lobby of the hotel so getting Kyat is no problem at all. - 999 Shan Noodle ShopSuper local (and small) noodle shop with delish food. We came here for a bite after riding the circle train line for 3 hours and was not disappointed. I had the fried noodles, my husband had something else I don't recall and we had the wontons which were AMAZING! People eat here at all hours of the day, starting with Breakfast. The food is high value for low cost. - Shwedagon PagodaA trip to Yangon is completely pointless without a proper visit to The Shwedagon Pagoda. The 326 foot tall pagoda is a gilded stupa situated on Singuttara Hill which dominates the Yangon skyline. Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar and is believed to have been built between the 6th and 10th centuries AD. Foreigners need to pay a small fee to enter the Pagoda- cash only. Proper Buddhist temple attire is enforced- covered legs for both men and women- tight pants like leggings are not permitted. You also must cover your shoulders, meaning no tank tops. You also are not permitted to wear shoes or socks so be sure you're aware of that. This is absolutely a DON'T MISS when visiting Yangon. We went during the daytime and again at night to see the Pagoda illuminated in the evening. - Riding the Yangon Circle LineFor a nominal fee, like $1-2 USD you can experience the local life in Yangon as you travel for three hours through the city’s rural landscape. While Yangon is a fast-paced, chaotic city to get lost in, riding the Circle Line train provides a window into the daily routine of the Myanmar people away from the commercial center of the country. Make sure you pack water and snacks as the ride is 3 hours long, also no facilities onboard so be aware of that. The trains are old, and it's hot (no AC obviously) and can get crowded until you start to reach further out of the city center. The Yangon Circle train departs daily from Yangon Central Railway Station from 8:30am and departs every 45 minutes to an hour, from platforms 6 and 7. - Hot Air Ballooning in BaganWhen in Bagan, booking a Sunrise Hot Air Balloon is quite customary and one of the biggest draws of the region to see the archelogical area of the Temples of Bagan. There are only like 3 companies that operate these balloons and they only fly for sunrises, so space is limited and best to book as far as in advance as you possibly can. While the cost is expensive, $400USD per person for a 8-12 person basket, the experience is absolutely worth the price and the early wakeup. The cost includes pickup and drop-off from your lodging as well as coffee and tea and pastries in the morning before being instructed on the safely procedures and prior to the balloons inflation. We chose Oriental Ballooning as the other companies were already booked for the morning we wanted to go. I wouldn't trade this experience for the world and cannot recommend it enough. Alternatively, getting up for the sunrise and to see the balloons take-off from the ground at one of the many pagodas is also an awesome sight to see. I would recommend both if you've got the means and the time. - Temples of BaganBagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay region of Myanmar and from the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom. During the kingdom's height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples and pagodas were constructed. 2,200 temples and pagodas exist today over a 30 mile radius. The best way to see these pagodas and temples is to rent an E-Bike from any of the local shops and just go explore. Buddhist temple attire is required, even though you may not see a single soul at any of the lesser known temples, is is customary to cover your legs and shoulders and you cannot wear shoes on or inside of the temples and pagodas. Also note, at the more well-known temples there will be local children selling Myanmar handicrafts and postcards. They're hustlers, so if you aren't interested be firm in telling them no. Make sure you catch the sunrise and sunset at any of the pagodas and temples! -

Christmas in Grand Cayman

Marriott Beach ClubBeautiful view from our hotel! Their beach was a little washed away from the storm, but they made up for it with their awesome employees. They walked around offering cold water, fruit and snacks, and offered complementary hair braiding and henna tattoos. Check out the Vista Bar for food and drinks by the pool/beach. - Ristorante PappagalloOur favorite restaurant- definitely order the gnocchi appetizer! You could either sit by the water or in the parrot room which had parrots you could talk to. - Stingray CityVery cool experience. You could either jet ski or take a boat here. All of the boats surround this area and play music while the tourists hold, kiss and get massages from giant stingrays. - The WharfMake a reservation around 9 pm to feed the tarpan! - Cayman Turtle FarmOur hotel provided a free shuttle to the turtle farm. We got to snorkel with, feed and hold the sea turtles! Very cool -

Relaxing & Secluded Vacation in Belize

Cayo Espanto Island ResortThis resort is a private island with only six villas, making it a very personal and private experience. The resort has its own chef, so all of our meals were enjoyed in our villa. The villa itself was super comfortable and beautiful, and featured its own private dock and beach area to lay out and relax in privacy. Each villa's guests are cared for by a staff team that only caters to your needs, so you can literally order drinks or food or whatever your heart desires whenever you wish. Each day, the chef offers a selection for each meal, or you can make your own specific requests (and everything is absolutely delicious). We enjoyed our meals in our villa, so it was incredibly relaxing to be able to feel secluded when we wanted and create our own schedule. In addition to being able to relax in the most luxurious of ways, the resort also makes it easy to find other fun activities to do while there. The resort has spa services that can be done in your villa, so you literally don't ever have to leave if you don't want to. If you want to explore, there are also numerous activities to satisfy these wishes. The island has sailboats and canoes for use whenever you wish. If you want to be more adventurous, the resort makes it easy to find trips and experiences to match your wishes. We went scuba diving at a nearby barrier reef, snorkeling with reef sharks, and visited the nearby town of San Pedro. All of this was scheduled through the resort so it was super easy to coordinate and made the excursions super relaxing and enjoyable. Overall, this resort and their staff caters perfectly to the vacation you dream of having. You can make it as relaxing and secluded, or as adventurous and active, as you wish. It was probably my favorite trip I've ever taken, and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a beachy vacation! -

New Year's in Copenhagen

Tivoli GardensTivoli Gardens– the 2nd oldest amusement park in the world, opened in 1843. Beautiful park with lots of rides and games and plenty of food stands and a few restaurants. A must see! Buy tickets in advanced as there probably will be a line. - The Little MermaidThe Little Mermaid- bronze statue created in 1913. That’s really all it is, a statue, but the area around it is nice and you can walk from here to the Nyhavn district on foot by the water (about a 20 minute walk). - Nyhavn, CopenhagenNyhavn Waterfront District. This is where those beautiful color houses are! Plenty of restaurants and cafes along by the water as well. - Changing of the Guards at Amalienborg PalaceChanging of the Guards at Amalienborg Palace- this takes place daily at noon and it is actually quite a show. Also near Nyhavn. - Malmo, SwedenVisit another country while you are in Copenhagen by taking a 20 minute train from the Copenhagen Central Station. Honestly, not much there to see except a beautiful church (St. Peter's) but you can check off another country on your list and go shopping at Zara & H&M. (Don’t forget your passport). - Louisiana Museum of Modern ArtLouisiana Museum of Modern Art– I’m a sucker for museums but Modern Art isn’t my favorite. However (!) this museum was probably the best modern art museum I have ever been to! It is a pretty size and the exhibits were very creative. It also has a permanent Yayoi Kusama exhibit (ahh!). Fyi, it is outside of Copenhagen, about a 45 minute train ride and then a 10 minute walk. Also, the grounds of the museum are very beautiful. - Mad and Kaffe Breakfast/ BrunchMad and Kaffe– very cute breakfast/brunch place but they don’t take reservations and on a weekday in Winter there were people waiting outside when we finished our meal at around 10:45 am. Go early! - Carlsberg BreweryCarlsburg Brewery- 2 stops away from the Central Station. You can do a tour or just go for a drink or 2. - Other Places to EatMother– very yummy pizza restaurant. Very cozy inside and the menu is quite simple. The pizza tasted similar to that of Eataly’s in my opinion. Magasasa Dim Sum & Cocktails– right around the corner from Mother’s. Good dim sum but even better wonton soup (large portions of the soup). Gasoline Grill- a no frills small burger place. I don’t eat burgers and I rarely eat meat but wow! This burger was amazing. They make it right in front of you with organic meat. (note- do not have ketchup but have other sauces). Musling Bistro– spent New Year’s Eve here for dinner. Food was good but portions were a little small, very cozy atmosphere though. They were basically the only restaurant not to make us choose a pre-fixed menu on New Year’s so very thankful for that! John’s Hot Dog Deli- Hot Dog Cart that is said to be one of the best. It was good, I agree! Worth trying. Other recommendations I received but didn’t get to go to: Cafe Norden, Pluto, Fiskebar Copenhagen, Olive Kitchen & Bar - Other factsAirport Info: The airport is very easily accessible by train. It is about a 15 minute train ride to/from the Copenhagen Central Station. Hotel: We stayed at the Copenhagen Island Hotel where the staff was super nice and the views were amazing (right on the water). We had some room issues and had to move rooms but the hotel was more than accommodating. It is located one train stop from the Central Station (at Dybbolsbro Station) with a mall and movie theater literally next door. I would stay there again. Payment: Used a credit card the whole time. Note: Amex is accepted at most but not all locations. -

Cope is Dope

A Weekend in CopenhagenCOPENHAGEN Things To Do · We did a three hour free walking tour, nice way to see city and get bearings of your surroundings · Christiana - area where weed is legal, walk through here it is very cool and feels SO different from other parts of the city · Tivoli- MUST GO, the amusement park in the center of the city- Walt Disney visited here and loved it so much it inspired him to create Disney Land ○ Roller coasters were fun ○ There's a cute ride similar to It's a Small World in Disney and tells a story with Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales ○ Walk all through it, each area is so different but so so cool · Nyhavn Street- this is the famous street with the colored houses, cool to walk down- many shops, restaurants, etc. ○ Walk down here to get to Christiana · Stroget Street- "Fifth Ave" of Copenhagen, so many stores fun to walk down- not all stores are high end, cute smaller ones too Places to Eat BRUNCH - breakfast in Copenhagen is interesting in that it is a lot of small different things, very good and nice variation · Kalaset- I think it’s a vegetarian place, very cute and yummy- has authentic environment ○ MANY options on menu, got some Mediterranean egg type plate which was YUM · Flottenheimer- Offers one brunch option but very good, traditional cope brunch ○ Plate comes with mini pancake, yogurt, avocado, eggs and more (if you want picture, text me lol) · Mad & Kaffe- Another typical Copenhagen type breakfast, you choose things from menu you want to order and how many as well- small plates LUNCH · Paper Island- similar to Smorgesbourg but inside, SUCH a cool environment- DEF go here they are knocking it down next year ○ Walk down Nyhavn and across bridge to get here ○ Mojitios on right when you first walk in were good and cool flavors ○ Falafel stand was amazing- think it was called Falafull? · Glass Market- inside market with a ton of fresh food options, anything you can think of- has outside tables too which is cute DINNER · Cocks and Cows- Many locations throughout city, classic burger and pub style food but REALLY good, fries were yum too · Sticks and Sushi- also many locations, but BEST MEAL EVER ○ We went to the one at the top of the Tivoli Hotel, had cool view of city ○ Order a bunch of things to share that’s what we did ○ Tuna tar tar, cauliflower in truffle sauce was MUST, we got the chicken sticks too and a few sushi rolls- all so fresh and delicious ○ Drinks here were good too! · Waffelbageren- ice cream place on Nyhavn street, on a corner and MUST GO ○ Cones are handmade and amazing- had this one day for lunch -

A Semester in Prague Done Right

Living in Prague GuideFOOD (most places take card but I will point out which ones are cash only- from what I remember) Try to make dinner reservations as OFTEN as possible, they block off hours for each table so it’s likely that if you walk in, they will tell you they have no room even if there are a million empty tables – many of these places you can do reservations online to avoid language barrier annoyances BREAKFAST/BRUNCH • Bakeshop o Very well known, especially amongst abroad kids o Serve eggs until 3pm (one of only places that serves breakfast food this late) o MUST get eggs inside of croissant at some point § Iced coffee is great here as well o Everything here is amazing, if you don’t want breakfast their side salads are great as well o Main location near Old Town, next to James Dean § Alternate and smaller location on other side of bridge also in Prague 1- have sandwiches, quiches, etc. but no omelets, smaller selection • Pasta Caffe o 2 locations, serve breakfast until around 10:30? (double check on that) o One located right next to Spanish Synagogue in Prague 1 and the other in new town and Wenceslas Square • Herbivore o Located in Prague 2 o Amazing acai bowls and buffet of different options which changes daily • Café Savoy o UNREAL o Everything here is great, people rave about the French toast o I was always a fan of the omelets with a side of fruit (ask for this it is so fresh) o People also raved about the side of potato mash (basically mash potatoes, also must ask for it) • Globe Café o American bookstore that has café in the back o Great breakfast spot and some people I know liked to study here o Located in New Town • Bohemia Bagel o Located near the Charles Bridge o Bagels here are fine, omelets were fine too- just another option • Radost FX o Brunch served only on Saturday and Sunday o Where Rhianna “Please Don’t Stop the Music” music video was filmed o Turns into a bar at night- typical Thursday night going out spot § Girls get in for free before midnight o Really cool environment, bagel platters and eggs are YUM o CASH ONLY LUNCH (most of the above places apply, may have different or same menus) • DEL-MART o FAVORITE salad bar place, fresh and so good – also a mini grocery store o Small size is HUGE o 2 locations – one in Prague 1 next to the Marriott and one in Prague 5 at the Andel stop (the salad bar is located upstairs here) o Also have sandwich/burger bar and pretty sure they have omelet bar as well in the morning (never tried this though) o Super super cheap (i.e. my salad with protein was $4.87) • Green Factory o Another make your own salad place, reminds me of Chop’t § I didn’t like it as much as Del-Mart but definitely edible o Two locations as well – one near new town and Wenceslas Square and the other also in Prague 1 somewhere • James Dean o I never made it here but my roommates RAVE about the chicken sandwich o Located right near Old Town Square- near Bakeshop and Food Story • Cacao o Right near Palladium mall and Marriott/Hilton o Great Acai bowls but also the Greek salad was bomb o Have a lot of different smoothie choices as well if you’re into that • Café Café o Went here once, pretty good o Located in between Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square (legit on the walk from one to the other) DINNER (brace yourself, you’ve got a lot of options here- will break it up by genre) Italian • Carmelita o One of my favorite, if not my favorite, restaurants o Known for the balsamic chicken which is bomb – everything is o Salmon is also amazing and so many different pizza/pasta options o Located on edge of Prague 5 and Prague 1 § In same area as other highly recommended restaurants (Across from Cantina, next to Noi) • Pasta Fresca o All different homemade pastas and sauces o Located right in Old Town Square • Pepenero o Right near the Intercontinental Hotel o When we were abroad Paul Rudd was filming a movie, and was always spotted here • Pizza Coliseum o A chain, you will see all over o Went a few times in the beginning and truly pretty good • Marina o Restaurant right on the water (boat) o Very pretty views, I didn’t love the food but some people will disagree with me Greek (there really isn’t much) • Taverna Olympus o One of only Greek restaurants we found o Located in Prague 3, up a very large hill • Mall stands o I lived next to the Novy Smichov mall (Andel Stop) which I found a good greek place in the malls food court if you’re really dying for it Mexican • Las Adelitas o MY ALL TIME FAVE o Located right in Old Town Square o On Wednesdays, have ladies happy hour on Margeritas o The Fajitas here are amazing- the cheese is melted on top of it and it is one of my favorite restaurants in Prague • Cantina o Located on Prague 5 and Prague 1 border o Similar to Las Adelitas o Nachos are really good- legit drunk food nachos (simply chips with melted cheese) o CASH ONLY • Agave o A little more upscale than the other two § Not as authentic, my roommates were not a fan but I thought it was fine o Started by an American from California so has a very west coast feel o Located in Prague 1 across from Yami Sushi House Japanese/Sushi • Yami SUSHI HOUSE o Amazing sushi o Salad and salad dressing are amazing as well • Yami SUSHI BISTRO o Same owners as other Yami o Located on Dlouha in side mall o Have option to create and customize your own roll • Hanabi o Located near Palladium mall and Marriott/Hilton o Same owners as Yami, I have never been- my roommates went once when they couldn’t get a reservation at Yami • Noi o Located on border of Prague 5 and Prague 1 o Really good- anything on the menu o Restaurant itself is very dark and they give you flashlights to read the menu Thai • Lemon o Never been but it’s the other thai place people like o Located in New Town near Wenceslas Square Dessert/Ice Cream/Gelato • Frogurt o Fro-yo located in Novy Smichov mall o Got me through the semester lol • Crème de la Creme o Best ice cream/gelato- my favorite o Located in Old Town Square o They have chocolate dip – must ask for it, have both dark and white and its delicious! o Some flavors are vegan • Angelato o My roommate SWORE by this o Two locations: one near Noi/Cantina/Carmelita and other between Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square o Gelato- flavors change weekly/monthly § Try the random ones like avocado, they will surprise you! o CASH ONLY Leaf Misc. • Duplex o A little bit of a nicer place – turns into a club at night which is really fun o Drinks are good here o Chicken with wasabi mashed potatoes are also unreal o Located in Wenceslas Square (walkable to Lucerna) § Good for Fridays when you need to buy tickets at 9pm at Lucerna • Oblaca o Restaurant at the top of the TV Tower (Zvikov Tower) located in Prague 3 o VERY cool views o Took my parents here and went with my roommates as a last night meal- on the nicer side as well • Kitchen The Address o Located in Wenceslas Square (walkable to Lucerna) § Good for Fridays when you need to buy tickets at 9pm at Lucerna o Ramen restaurant with trendy vibes, food is fine – I got the chicken wings which were good • Maitrea o Vegetarian restaurant located in Prague 1 o Interesting food, not really sure what I ate but it was good o Indie vibes inside the restaurant • Hotel U Prince o SICK view and good drinks o Food is fine, go for drinks and snacks (when making reservation say early lunch or late dinner, they won’t let you reserve a table just for drinks) • Bed Bar o Popular spot/thing to do when people visit o Cool concept but I personally found it skeevy (drinking while sitting on a weird/gross bed), but worth a one-time visit GROCERIES/NECESSITIES • Tesco o Has pretty much anything and everything you need o Located all over Prague o Got my toiletries, sheets, towels, school supplies and groceries here o Not much English around the store so have your Google translate ready • Marks and Spencer’s o British grocery store – aka labels are in English! § Smaller than Tesco § Also a clothing store (lol weird combo, I know) o We would get produce, hummus, fruit, etc. here § Looked better and fresher o Have pre-made meals/salads/sandwiches as well o A little more expensive than tesco but still cheap • Del Mart o Similar to Marks and Spencer’s o Smaller scale grocery store with the salad/sandwich bar mentioned above ^ • Sephora o Just like in the US, also some have Benefit Brow Bar in them where I got my eyebrows done once § I know the ones in Palladium Mall and Novy Smichov Mall have the Brow Bar • The Candy Store o Store that sells American brands of snacks/drinks § Goldfish, cereals, candy, snapple, etc. o Two locations: One in Prague 5 and the other in New Town/Wenceslas Square area-ish § The one in New Town is bigger with more variety TRANSPORTATION • Trams o The BEST, an above ground trolley car essentially § They are numbered o We lived right near a tram stop and took them everywhere!!!!!! o If you put your ending location in apple maps and use transit it will tell you which trams to take o I suggest taking a picture of the time schedule at your regular tram stop – I figured this out later on but it was great because I knew when to leave my apt to catch the trams • Metro o Similar to subway, underground § Indicated by letter – A, B and C o Can look up using apple maps as well • Uber o ONLY use this, do not use cabs – they tend to overcharge you o So cheap, we would use them going out at night and split between 4 people – sometimes it would come out to be less than a dollar! o A lot of them don’t speak great English so always look for license plate, easiest way to find car we found o Unfortunately, Prague doesn’t have Uber XL which is def a huge bummer THINGS TO DO Museums • Apple Museum (Old Town) • Chocolate Museum (Old Town) • Beer Museum o 2 different locations • Toy Museum (Old Town) • Warhol/Dahlí Exhibits (Old Town) • National Gallery of Prague • Kampa Museum • Franz Kafka Museum Activities/Sites to See • Old Town Square o Heart and center with so many shops, museums, restaurants, etc. • Astronomical Clock Tower o Climb for awesome 360 view at the top • Lennon Wall o There are different stores nearby (one on Ujezd called Zebra Atelier- I think) that sell spray paint, really fun to paint your own item on the wall when you visit o Lock bridge located to the right of the wall (when looking at it) – near John Lennon Pub • Paddle Boats o Many locations along the Charles River where you can rent for 30 min – 1hr o Very relaxing with GREAT views on the river • Prague Castle o Made up of MANY buildings o Beautiful at night with awesome lighting • Charles Bridge o Always very crowded but walk across to Lennon Wall • Petrin Lookout Tower o Located at the top of Petrin Hill o A HIKE but another cool view of the whole city • Jewish Quarter • Wenceslas Square o Known as “New Town” o Feels very different from everywhere else in Prague – more modern with many commercial stores • Big Car Tour o You can pick these up anywhere in old town o Drive around city for 30-1 hr fun to do in group • Segway tour o Not huge in Prague, place near Lennon Wall to rent Nightlife • Bars o Harley’s o Bombay o Duplex o The Pub § Has tap in the middle of table to serve yourself • Clubs o Retro o Lucerna § Fridays they play only songs from 90s time period which is SO much fun § Get ticket in advance for Fridays – window opens at 9pm o Roxy o Duplex o Radost -

Winter Wonderland in NYC

Brunch at Alice's Tea CupAlice's Tea Cup is the CUTEST way to warm up before a cold day. They have a huge assortment of teas to have your very own tea party, complete with homemade scones, salads, sandwiches and desserts. We got the tea for two which came with unlimited tea and SO much food. Make sure to get a reservation in advance, and go hungry! They have 3 locations spread around the city. - Museum MileMuseum Mile in NYC is home to many famous museums. I went to the Jewish Museum, but nearby is also the Met, the Guggenheim and more. Perfect to hide from the snow for awhile! - Stroll Around Central ParkIf you can bear the cold, bundle up and take a stroll around the reservoir in Central Park. The views are amazing. It takes about 25 minutes to go once around, but you can also venture off to see nearby landmarks in the park like Belvedere Castle and the Alice in Wonderland statue. - The Windows at SaksSaks Fifth Ave always amazes with their holiday window display. VERY touristy and crowded but always worth it. Every 30 minutes there's also a beautiful light show. - Tree TimeJust a short walk from Saks is the tree at Rockefeller Center. Weather permitting, go ice skating too! - Subway All DayEven when the weather is bad, the subways still run! Expect some delays, but the subway is a safe and fast way to get around in the snow. -

Five colorful villages (Cinque Terre)

Affittacamere La Loggia dé BanchiDuring our trip we stayed in this bed & breakfast in La Spezia. It's a great (and cheap) city to stay if youre planning to vist Cinque Terre. The train station is a 15 minute walk from this bed & breakfast and by train it only takes 5 tot 7 minutes to reach the first of the 5 villages :) - La PiaSuper informal and popular pizzeria with locals. The farinata (a local speciality: savory garbanzo bean crepe-like appetizer or side) is pretty epic, too. It's different from your typical Italian pizzeria experience but it's delicious in its own right! - Circolo Aics OrigamiVegan restaurant with a great characteristic atmosphere. There are also many table games with which you can play and spend the evening. Loved their hummus! - DistroThe best place in La Spezia to have a drink. Awesome atmosphere, amazing Aperol Spritz, great location and wonderful service! - Loggia dei BanchiCute little place in a small corner. Very cosy with little lanterns. Great Aperol Spritz. - Nessun DormaYou can get the best views of Manarola (the second of the Cinque Terre) from Nessun Dorma, a little bar with the best location of any establishment in Manarola: it sits right out on Punta Bonfiglio! - Vineria Santa MartaAt this cute little bar we had a small wine tasting for only €10 per person. For this price you'll get 3 wines (1 dry white wine, 1 dry but fruity white wine and 1 very sweet dessert wine) and some local specialities). - Ananasso BarPerfect location with beautiful views for a drink and a snack in Vernazza. They have umbrellas to get out of the sun and you can watch the fishermen launch and bring in their boats. - A' CanevaThis was the first place we came to in Corniglia after walking from Manarola and absolutely loved it! They have cute little seats on the steps outside and the best pesto lasagne I've ever had. Friendly and helpful service. -

Eating & Drinking through Quebec City

Hotel Le PrioriI can't say enough good things about this boutique hotel in Old Quebec. The rooms are old stone and brick, clean, and cozy. The customer service was amazing- we forgot contact solution and instead of having to go find some the manager went to another hotel for us to get some. Free breakfast is included and the location was perfect! - Le Chateau FrontenacEven though we didn't stay in this famous hotel we took time to walk there and explore. The inside and outside are both gorgeous- gold, marble, charming and glamorous. They are also famous for their wine and cheese bar which is worth getting a drink at. The hotel is on a high hill in the middle of Old Quebec where you have full views of the river. This is a must for beautiful pictures. - Le Quartier Petit ChamplainThe "Petit Champlain" Quarter is one of the oldest sections of Quebec. It is a maze of small side streets where you can shop, eat, bar hop, and explore. Everything here is extremely picturesque and this was probably my favorite spot on our trip. Make sure to check out Le Lapin Saute for dinner here. It is a restaurant that specializes in rabbit (and other things!) and the inside was warm and cozy and they had an awesome beer selection! - EricoIts a chocolate museum and it has the best hot chocolate you will ever have. They have a variety of hot chocolate for every type of chocolate- white, milk, dark, coffee. It is SO good and keeps you warm in the cold temperatures. - La KorrigaineThe microbrewery, Korrigaine, was definitely a highlight of the trip. The bar is based on an old ship and the decor matches that theme. There are many beer choices- my boyfriend likes IPA's and I like wheat beers and there were choices for both of us. The best part however was the bartenders. They were extremely friendly and helpful and even got us a reservation at the best place we ate on our trip when we could not get in because the reservations were full. Will definitely be back there one day! - L'Affaire est KetchupWhatever you do in Quebec City, make sure you do not miss this restaurant. We initially ignored the recommendations online because the name does not sound too enticing. However, on our food tour we learned that "L'Affair est Ketchup" means that business is doing well in French. By the time we tried to get a reservation it was full because they only have a 6pm and 8:30pm seating every night and the restaurant is small. Luckily our new friends at the microbrewery called over for us and got us a seat at the bar. This restaurant has been featured on Anthony Bourdain, and for good reason. It feels like you are in your grandma's small kitchen. The menu changes nightly, the service is friendly, and the food is DELICIOUS. - Quebec City FerryBundle up and take the ferry across the river to get the widest views of the city! It runs every ten minutes and you can just take it across and back if you are short on time for some nice pictures! - Sky SpaThis probably would have been a bit better in warmer weather but it was still an enjoyable part of our trip. We booked a couples massage at SkySpa which is exactly what it sounds like- a spa on the top of a sky scraper in Quebec City. Admittedly it is not in the most beautiful part of the city so the views could have been better. We enjoyed our massage, followed by the hot tub outside. However, it was FREEZING, so we could only handle being outside in the hot tub for a short time. We then enjoyed the indoor sauna and steam room, a rest in their "nap room", and a glass of wine before leaving. There is also a large liquor store at the bottom of the building to get some drinks to go on the way out! - St. Roch Food TourSt. Roch is an up and coming area of Quebec City- sort of like parts of Brooklyn. The area was once where there was a lot of factories and poverty but the city has put effort into adding green spaces, public refrigerators outdoors for people to share food, and new businesses are being added quickly. We chose this area to do a food tour as we likely would not have explored it as much otherwise. I highly recommend this- all the food was delicious (especially the poutine!) and we spent the rest of the day in this neighborhood afterwards and all the locals were extremely helpful and kind! -

North Shore, Oahu

Watch the surf at PipelineHang on the beach and watch the amazing surf! - Dinner at the Beach HouseGood food in a nicer restaurant on the north shore. - Grab lunch at the Food Trucks by Foodland/Sharks CoveTheres a fresh shrimp food truck and truck has amazing Poke! - Sushi at Bonzai SushiGood sushi! - Surf or relax at V-LandGreat surf, also a good beach to hang at and watch the surf - Farm to Table Lunch at Kukuku FarmsCasual dining spot for a healthy, farm to table lunch. Smoothies & salads are delicious! - Healthy Eats & Bulletproof Coffee at the Sunrise ShackCute little side of the road spot to grab food, coffee, smoothies. They have bulletproof coffee and delicious papaya bowls! - Waimea Valley - botanical gardens/nature walk and waterfallsA 1mi. walk through beautiful botanical gardens to the Waimea falls. - Poke at Aji Limo food truckAcross from sharks cove. Great, fresh poke - Lunch at the Food Trucks in HaleiwaA ton of food trucks to choose from: Korean BBQ, awesome Mexican spot with homemade tortillas, burgers, and Giovanni’s Shrimp truck. - Snorkel at Sharks coveGrab snorkel gear and hop in. It is very shallow so be careful of rocks. You’ll see a ton of fish! - Turtle Bay ResortThis is the only big resort on the north shore. They have a public beach that’s great for snorkeling. Hang by the pool bar and listen to live music, enjoying the sunset. - Burgers at Seven BrothersLocal spot known for burgers and shakes! Cool surfer vibes. - Kualoa ranch4000 acre ranch on the beach and in the jungle. We did an ATV tour around the property. It was fun! A ton of famous movies were filmed here - Kong. Jurassic Park, etc. - Lanikai BeachBeautiful beach, you can see islands and atolls from. This is not a surfing beach, the water is very calm and so beautiful - Sunset at WaikikiGrab a table looking out st the beach for sunset. It’s amazing. - Dinner at The Pig and Lady in downtown HonoluluAmazing Vietnamese food! Get the tuna and fried chicken app. The pho was also amazing. - Roy's Beach HouseGreat spot on the beach within Turtle Bay. We didn't have a reservation so found a spot at the bar. The food was great and Mai Tai's were strong! - Surfer, The BarThis is bar within Turtle Bay. If there is a good concert playing definitely check it out! We saw Ron Artis & G Love live here -great show and good happy hour deals. - Beet Box Cafe - Diamond Head HikeNice hike up! About 1-1.5hr in total. There are quite a lot of stairs at some points, but overall, this is not a hard hike. Beautiful views of the island from the top! -

Birthday Trip to Newport Rhode Island

Bayberry InnA little boutique B&B in walking distance to shops & restaurants. It was super cute and we loved our stay here! The hosts were incredible & theres an adorable little garden out back with a firepit. Great for the evening. - Bayberry InnThe food here was INCREDIBLE. So delicious. Every morning there was a buffet with homeade granola, yogurt from a local creamery, baked goods, and offered a hot breakfast plate. But it wasn't a gross buffet - it was amazing every time! Definitely recommend staying here. - Ocean DriveThis is a must if you are visiting Newport. There are these massive rocks on the shore of the ocean that you can walk on and the view is incredible. One of my favorite places - we go everytime. It's also a great place for barbecuing (they have bbq pits), flying kites, and having a picnic! - White Horse TavernIncredible food at this rustic and quaint tavern. Within walking distance from the Bayberry Inn (about half a mile). - Clarke CookhouseGreat dinner here - definitely recommend the brussel sprout caesar salad and the duck! Upscale place with a more romantic atmosphere. It's in the heart of downtown Newport so there are so many shops and things to do around here! - Newport MansionsYou have to go see one of the famous Newport mansions. They are the most insane homes you will ever see in your life. These houses were the summer homes of old money from the Gilded Age (the Vanderbilt's, the Belmont's, etc.) -

2018 Study Abroad in London

Exploration of WestminsterThe Palace of Westminster, also called the Houses of Parliament, is the meeting place of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It is located along the River Thames which is also home to the London Eye, just across Westminster Bridge. A notable part of the Palace is Big Ben, probably the most famous clock tower in the world and a staple of London. Neighboring is Westminster Abbey and just across St. James' Park is Buckingham Palace. - Museums with Friends We've been to many different museums all over London with my Art and Society class, I choose the location to be the Tate Britain because we've been back there many times to see different exhibits and the Tate Modern is very close by and run by the same organization. We've also been to the National Galley, the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum, a special photography gallery and a private-turn-public impressionism gallery with still more to come. For another class I went to Twinning's, a famous Tea distributor. The store in itself was like a museum for tea. -

Visiting Vienna!

Cafe ErichCute cafe that has a delicious menu full of varieties for breakfast lunch and dinner. I had breakfast and got a delicious eggs Benedict dish with a small acai bowl on the side. I would eat here again if I had the chance! - Figlmüller WollzeileAlso known as "The Home of the Schnitzel", this place is small yet cozy and offers 13 selective classic Viennese to choose from! - PraterdomeIf you like dancing, this is the place to be! There are four dance floors on two levels with different style music and the best vibes... they also have great drink deals! - Nasch MarktThis market has multiple different restaurants and food/shop kiosks to choose from. Brunch is a great time to go to this market, the options are endless. The vibes of this market are more so 16th century times, giving a really unique feel while exploring. - Schönbrunn PalaceI loved seeing the palace solely because of how amazing the architecture and beauty of the building is. An added plus was the fact that I went in December so the Christmas markets were all set up directly in the center of the palace outside. Not only did we have great views but we also enjoyed shopping and eating. - Mumok MuseumBeing a fan of art museums, this one was a very interesting one due to the fact that they brought a relation to history and nature. There are at least 5 floors of unique art that shows a theme of different points of history from views of nature. It was extremely intriguing and would highly recommend if you are a museum junkie! -

Short weekend in London town!

Borough MarketFood-wise, one of my favorite markets. They LOVED giving out free samples, so I got full just on samples of the most delicious and authentic bites. It reminded me of a Farmers Market but even better! - Camden MarketBeing a lover for vintage and obnoxious fashion, these shops had me obsessed with the London style. My friend and I spent hours in here just trying on the clothing or listening to their funky jams while admiring the English vintage clothing. - Barge HouseThis charming small restaurant right on the canal was not only appealing to the eye but the food was out of this world. It is a lot of bread so prepare yourself, but they serve breakfast dishes in sour dough bowls... if you are gluten free or have any dietary restrictions they can work around it too! - Q-bic HotelThis hotel had the most funky, environmentally friendly, furniture and decor. Super affordable and very spacious rooms available, would definitely stay there again! -

A Healthy & Fit Weekend in NY

Rumble BoxingBoxing-inspired group fitness classes. Challenging and fun workout and aesthetically, one of the nicest studios there is. Great to go with friends! - Physique 57The #1 barre studio in our opinion. Every instructor is amazing, and the burn and choreography are unparalleled. They have studios in the UES, UWS, SoHo, and Fidi. - The DOGPOUNDFrom personal training, to intimate boxing sessions, the DOGPOUND is known as the "Victorias Secret Angels" gym. It's one of the best workouts in the city (although pricier than most) and you will definitely spot some celebrities or models. - YogaSparkOne of our fav yoga spots for hot yoga. This is one of the friendliest and prettiest yoga studios we have seen in NYC. We love the vibe here and if you're in TriBeCa, we highly recommend it (or making a trip down there for it). - Project by EquinoxThis state of the art studio is the new boutique gym created by Equinox. The classes are taught by top instructors who teach at some of the best studios in NYC. Also free cold brew on tap. Some of our fav classes include: The Sculpt Society by Megan Roup and Patrick McGrath's class. - 305 FitnessPrepare for an hour of sweat-inducing, high-intensity, choreographed moves that seemed to be taken straight from the nightclub — DJ included. There's sculpting intervals, and don't worry if you're not a pro dancer - the moves are more cardio than choreo. - Everybody FightsOne of our favorite new boxing studios, it offers such a great workout and one of the most "instagrammable" spaces in NYC. - Cafe CloverOne of our favorite spots for a healthy brunch or dinner that's a sit down and not grab-and-go. The entire menu is nutritionist approved, and it's a great option when you want to go out for a nice meal, but don't want to over indulge. - Hu KitchenCasual "cafeteria" style restaurant that serves paleo-friendly food. They're all about fresh, organic and unprocessed ingredients. We love grabbing lunch here. - Freeze at Pressed JuiceryWant a healthy twist on fro-yo? There are select Pressed Juicery's that contain a freeze bar: froyo made out of their pressed juices. There is no added sugars or ingredients, they just simply freeze their pressed juices and have healthy toppings to add. - Two HandsWhen you're craving an acai bowl, or avocado toast, this is the place to go. They have tons of healthy brunch options, but expect a long wait! - HeyDayWe like to call this spot the drybar of facials, as it's young, hip, reasonably priced and dedicated only to facials. This spot is a must-go if you're skin is looking for some care. - CryofuelIf you're into (or want to try) cryotherapy or experience an infrared sauna, we really love this place. Great after a solid workout! - Broken CoconutNot just another healthy NoHo spot, the Broken Coconut is as delicious as it is "instagrammable." You will have a hard time picking your spot to 'gram that coconut-yogurt parfait. - Butcher's DaughterBy far our fav go-to brunch spot. Butcher's daughter is perfect for those who are plant-based and those who aren't. Everything is beyond delicious, including their fake-bacon made out of beans - a must try! - WestvilleThis is by far our go-to restaurant for a casual meal. We are addicted to their Kale salad with chicken/salmon, trust us on this one. - BandierHands down the best athleisure in the city. If you want to be the trendiest rider in your spin class, head to Bandier to find the latest. They have styles and brands that no one else carries. - Tracy Anderson MethodWant an intense sweat + sculpting workout in one of the prettiest studios in the city? Look no further than TAM. The workout is really intense and the room is heated, so be prepared to sweat it all out. - SweetgreenWith multiple locations around the city, it's hard not to make a healthy lunch choice and pop into Sweetgreen for lunch or a casual dinner. Definitely the best "make your own salad" spot in the city. Their ingredients are fresh and so delicious - we're suckers for the spicy quinoa and sweet potatoes! - Joe & The JuiceOur favorite juice spot in all of NYC! Green juice never tasted so good. We also come here daily for their coffee - it's top notch. - SoulAnnexSoulCycle’s first off the bike studio is here and exclusive to NYC’s flatiron district. The instructors who teach at this modern, candlelit studio are all soul instrucotrs - the classes are typically sculpting and cardio mix. -

4 days in Amsterdam

Jordaan District in AmsterdamThis area of the city is best known for its picturesque, narrow streets and unique shops. The best way to explore is by foot! - The GrasshopperThis is a fun bar to grab a few drinks and hang out. It's right on the corner of the Red Light District. - Cannibale RoyaleGreat food and drinks! Unique menu. - Moeders RestaurantMoeders: Dutch translation of Mothers. This restaurant is known for authentic, dutch cuisine that is supposed to replicate a Dutch mother's cooking! The walls are lined with photos of Mothers. - Van Gogh MuseumThis museum has the largest selection of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings in the world. - MacBike RentalDo like the locals and ride around on bicycles! There are bike lanes with their own traffic lights. -

Our 10 Day tropical Maui Thanksgiving

Da KitchenDa Kitchen is Da Bomb!! I can't say enough great things about this place. Hands down one of the best restaurants on the island where you can find local Maui cuisine. We are adventurous foodies and love to try new and different things everywhere we go and Da Kitchen did not disappoint! What we had/highly recommend: Appetizers: -Fried Spam Musubi- signature dish featured on Travel Channel's Bizzare Food Show (pictured) -Kalua Wontons- stuffed w/ kalua pork, cream cheese and homemade thai sweet chili sauce (pictured) Main Dish: -Katsu Moco- homemade hamburger patty topped w/chicken katsu, gravy, two eggs, onions, and mushrooms all over hawaiian pork fried rice (pictured) - Teriyaki Beef Special of the day (pictured) Insider Tips: -come with an appetite because the main dish portions are huge! -if you don't mind a large crowd lunch time is the best time to go, but if you want to avoid the crowd go between 1:30 pm-4:00 pm. We went about 3 pm and we were seated right away. -waiters/waitresses are super friendly :) ENJOY! - Haliimaile General StoreHaliimaile General Store is simply delicious and must if you are ever up country in Maui! They have a large selection of entrees including local cuisine and seafood options. Recommended: Kalua Pork & Goat Cheese Wontons Togarashi Shishito Peppers (AMAZING!! Lots of Flavor) Grilled Hawaiian Ahi Noodle Bowl Paniolo Ribs (check out the picture of the menu to find out what is in each dish) - Haleakala National ParkHaleakala National Park is a dormant volcano that helped for the island of Maui and sits at an elevation of 10,023 feet. The views from up here are breath taking! It felt like we were on the moon and in the heavens above at the same time. This was an item on our bucket list and we are happy to say we checked it off :) Depending on the duration of your Maui visit, definitely set a side a half a day for this. For more information about Haleakala in general go to https://www.nps.gov/hale/index.htm Insider Tips: -The sunrise tour is the most popular and NOW requires you to purchase a ticket online before heading to the crater. The sunset tour (which is what we did) does not require any reservation/ticket purchase. -Warning if your are prone to altitude sickness be aware it is 10,000 above sea level so you may want to take something before heading up. -bring your professional camera if you have one! There are plenty of photo opportunities -weather on top of the crater is unpredictable and is much colder than the "normal" Maui weather, so be sure to bring WARM CLOTHES. -The road leading the Haleakala is pretty windy so if you get car sick easily you may want to take something (also be aware there is open range farm areas where the cows roam free so keep an eye out for them when rounding the corners) -Lastly, have fun and take lots of pictures! - Montage Kapalua Bay ResortThe Montage Kapalua Bay Resort is epitome of luxury!! This is the only place we stay now when we come to Maui. They have first class facilities paired with first class guest service, Not to mention the abundance of amenities they offer! As you can see from our photos the Montage is top notch and guaranteed you will enjoy your stay here. I know we did! THEE place to stay when you visit Maui! Every time we stay it feels like home. Our favorite thing to do while at the Montage is watch the sunset at Hana Hou Bar. While we sipped on our Mai Tai's and watched the sun disappear behind the clouds we could help but feel ultimate relaxation. Make sure you ask for Henry and Kiha at the bar ;) Tell them Alexa and CJ sent you. -

Iceland in Winter - An Extra Long Weekend

Day 1 - Explore Downtown ReykjavikAfter landing head into Reykjavik. Explore the highlights of this amazing little city. Make sure to go to the top of Hallgrimskirkja Church for the ultimate view and admire the architecture of Harpa Concert Hall down by the water. Stay along the water to visit the Sun Voyager Sculpture, and walk the streets of Reykjavik with it's cute, colourful houses and amazing street art. If looking for a lunch stop then head to Hlemmur Food Hall for a great selection of pop up style food stalls by some of Reykjavik's best restaurants. It's new and everyone is loving it. If in the later afternoon and early evening then take advantage of the happy hour pricing in all the downtown pubs. Often between 3-7pm. Then head to some of our favourite places for dinner. Our favourites include Messinn for local dishes and seafood, Public House Gastro Pub for amazing share dishes and drinks, Borðið is always amazing, as is Mat Bar. If its a weekend and you want to kick on then head to Pablo Discobar for amazing cocktails and dancing, Skulli or Kaldi Bar for Craft Beers or Hurra for who often have DJ's or live music. Some of our recommended hotels to stay at in downtown Reykjavik are Skuggi Hotel, Sand Hotel, Eyja Guldsmeden and Icelandair Marina. If you have even more time in Reykjavik then we always recommend some of our favourite museums or exhibitions, - the National Musem, Culture House, Marshall House (Free) and Perlan. - Day 2 & 3 - Join a 2 Day South Coast Tour for Glacier Hiking and Incredible Scenery.Join Hidden Iceland's two day tour which heads all the way to the absolutely amazing Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Amazing icebergs float around this incredible lagoon and wash up on the black sand of the nearby beach. On the way out to this unmissable feature you will stop at numerous powerful waterfalls, black sand beaches, lava fields and stunning gorges. On this tour you will also get to hike up to the ice fall on one of the amazing glaciers coming off the Vatnajokull Icecap. You'll explore the glacier and see incredible blue ice, crevasses and towers of ice. You'll stay in the new and comfortable Lilja Guesthouse which has incredible views over the mountains and glaciers in the area. In winter you'll also get to hunt for the northern lights dancing across the dark skies. Accomodation and breakfast is included in the tour price. Their fun and friendly guides will ensure you learn all about the history and wonderful natural features you are seeing over these two days. If you cant join the two day tour, then Hidden Iceland offers a one day south coast tour that includes a glacier hike. This doesn't make it our far enough to the glacier lagoon though. It goes as far as the black sand beach, visits waterfalls and of course the glacier. - Day 4 - Deluxe Golden Circle Tour : Platinum CircleTheres one last area you must explore whilst in Iceland, the Golden Circle. Some of Iceland's most popular sights, all within a day trip from Reykjavik. Joining the Platinum Circle tour by Hidden Iceland is the best way explore this area. You will get to the most famous sights of Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir, but you will also get to swim in the natural hot pool at the Secret Lagoon and have lunch inside the greenhouse of Fridheimar Tomato Farm. Experiences that definitely shouldn't be missed. This full winters day of exploring geysers, waterfalls and incredible scenery is topped off with swimming in a geothermal pool and trying out delicious local produce for lunch. You will be back in Reykjavik in time for dinner and to try out some of our other favourite restaurants from Day 1. Have another go at hunting the northern lights or hit the bars in Reykjavik. So many options! Check the Hidden Iceland website for blogs and tips for viewing the northern lights. - Day 5 - Leave Iceland :(Last day in Iceland :( Hopefully you are lucky enough to have an afternoon flight. That way you can make one last stop before heading out to Keflavik. You can relax before your flight by visiting the Blue Lagoon! It is only ten minutes from Keflavik airport and the perfect way to finish your Iceland adventure. The drive out to Keflavik is also your last chance to stare out over the otherworldly Icelandic landscapes, with lava fields, volcanoes and mountains dotting the landscape. -

Chi-town=My-town

Foodie TownIf your looking for a good quality filling meal but happens to be sans gluten...look no further! - If you're looking for a wedding venue in Chi-town - Best Brunch in town!Save the best for last..a little bit of everything delicious and savory. The best combination of salty and sweet hitting all your taste buds at once! - DessertPretty sure the wasn't gluten free but so worth it...Vanilla glazed donut with bacon and fresh pineapple to finish =) - Best way to see the city!If its anytime before May, bundle up just in case! Gorgeous views and loved hearing the history behind it all. - At the old ball game - When you want a slice of homeThe food was good but the rose probably helped. Great place to have a few cocktails and take some pretty pictures ;-) - When you're in Mahalo but you're really in Chicago...What you see is what you get <3 - Before the ZooWas pleased to find a hidden gem on the way to the zoo! - Jet Set Share EssentialsWhat a *basic health coach posts as their first picture of the trip =) -

Long Weekend in Reykjavík 🇮🇸

Stay @ Ion City HotelModern hotel on Laugavegur Street - which was super close to everything. Convenient location and modern rooms made it the perfect spot for our long weekend. They also have the Ion Adventure Hotel which is an hour from Reykjavík which I wish we stayed in for at least 1 night - the pictures of it look amazing! - Northern Lights TourWe booked the Northern Lights tour through Happy World Tours. The tour was on the expensive side (just under $500 USD), but was well worth it! The tour guide picked us up from our hotel at 9PM in a 4x4 Jeep that we shared with 5 other people. I recommend using a smaller tour company rather then the big bus ones since the Jeeps are able to go places that the buses cannot. Despite cloudy conditions early on, we managed to see the Aurora Borelis by midnight just as they were serving hot chocolate & Icelandic donuts! The guides were really nice and made sure we had a great time. Dress VERY warm - it happened to be 10 degrees the night that we went, but it usually feels even colder because of the high winds. - Day Trip - Golden CircleWe rented a car (only $40 for the day) and did Geysir & Gullfoss on our own. I’m happy we did this by ourselves so we could be on our own schedule, stop and go as we please and spend as little or as much time as we wanted to at each place. We drove from Reykjavík to Geysir and stopped 3x on the way to see some of the Icelandic horses & amazing sunrise views. I would recommend timing the trip out so that you can see sunrise/sunset or both! After Geysir, we drove to Gullfoss - both spots were amazing! Incredible views; definitely dress warm so that you can enjoy it. After the sights, we drove to an amazing restaurant that was in a Tomato Greenhouse. - Friðheimar - Tomato Greenhouse Lunch!Tomato everything! A local tour guide reccomended this place to us for lunch or dinner following the Golden Circle. It's on the way back to Reykjavík from the Golden Circle so its an easy pit stop while you make your way back into the city. The restaurant is inside of the tomato greenhouse which is surrounded by fresh tomatoes and basil. The tomato soup and fresh pasta were amazing. They also make fresh bead in house - this was definitely one of our best meals in Iceland, go hungry! - Day @ The Blue LagoonDay trip to the Blue Lagoon! We took the bus here from downtown Reykjavík, however, if I could do it again, I would have planned to hit the Blue Lagoon pre or post flight since its only 10 mins from Keflavík Airport. We purchased the premium tickets which was worth the extra $! Tickets came with robes, towels, slippers, Silica & Mud masks, drinks while in the lagoon & reservations to Lava Restaurant for lunch. We came for sunrise which was beautiful, spent 3 hours in the baths with facials and ended our day at Lava for a seafood lunch! The Blue Lagoon is a must do while in Iceland! PS - girls, use a lot of conditioner before going in! - Dinner + Drinks @ ApotekWe had dinner here on a Friday night; I’d recommend making a reservation as it gets quite busy. Foodie spot with great cocktails and good vibes. We tried some Icelandic favorites here: Minke Whale & Puffin... Overall, this was one of my favorite dinners while in Reykjavík. - Noodles @ Ramen MomoWe went here for a casual and quick dinner one night after walking around Reykjavík. Hot ginger tea and noodles warmed us up! The restaurant is small, so try and come early so you don’t have to wait. - CarusoItalian restaurant in a great location. The food was okay; however, if you're in the mood for pastas and pizzas, this is your place. - Beers @ Micro BarFun spot to grab a drink at pre or post dinner - they serve flights of local beers. - Bread Bowls @ SvartaI highly recommend this spot for lunch! They only offer 2 soups (I believe they have 1 meat and 1 vegetarian option) in a huge bread bowl. Perfect spot to warm up and grab a quick bite. - Dinner @ Mat BarTapas/small plate style restaurant - good for trying everything and sharing. - Breakfast @ PrikiðWe stopped here for a quick breakfast on our first day. It’s nothing special, typical diner type breakfast. - Joe & The JuiceStart your morning off with a juice and some avo toast here! PS- they have Joe & The Juice's all over Iceland! - Vegetarian Lunch @ GlóQuick and yummy lunch vegetarian spot right near our hotel. - Dessert + Coffee SpotSuper casual dessert spot - located in the middle of everything. We hit up this place 3x for some crepes or hot chocolates after dinner. - Visit HallgrimskirkjaSwing by this Church at some point while wandering the streets of Reykjavík - it's one of the tallest buildings in the city so you can't miss it. If you climb to the top, you will have incredible views of the entire city. -

Short Weekend in Cleveland, Ohio

Luca Italian CuisineAMAZING!!!!! The most beautiful restaurant I have EVER been in. We had such a gorgeous view of the city and the service was incredible. The food was amazing - we ordered the calamari (100% recommend) and the gnocchi (500% recommend). A little pricy and need a reservation but we got one an hour before we left. - Flannery's PubSO GOOD!! It's got tons of great food (mostly Irish pub) and a huge bar. It's right across from the Quicken Loans Arena so we had dinner and some drinks before the game. Great location! - Airbnb in ParmaWe stayed in an airbnb in Parma and it was great! Cute little suburb with an amazing and helpful host! To get into Cleveland we took an Uber (all of the drivers we had were so friendly and gave us great recommendations) - South Side DinerSuch a good little spot for breakfast if you're planning on staying in Parma like we did. A little bit of a wait but well worth it - great food. - Public SquareWe spent one of the days walking around the Public Square and it was beautiful! They had a cute little iceskating rink in the center and lots of places to eat. There were a few places to shop - one of them was the mall but it was fun to walk around! -

A see-it-all Weekend trip in Copenhagen!

Paper IslandOne of my favorite stops in Copenhagen, it is a big building with a bunch of food and drink kiosks that have different cultured food, classic danish dishes, seating with a firepit, mini bars set up. It is so fun, social and cozy. - Donkey RepublicThis is a recommended app to rent a bike and join in on the danish culture of riding your bike to get anywhere and everywhere! The location on the map is just one of several... you can pick up/drop off the bike anywhere. - Baest RestaurantIf you like pizza, GO HERE! It's known to be one of the best pizzas in the WORLD. This is an organic and natural restaurant with amazing organic wine that is worth the price. - Strogert ShoppingThis is about a mile long road with so many good shops, whether you want the european pop-up shops or classic american apparel stores they have it all! - NyhavnA classic must-see in Copenhagen. Get some good photos in front of all the colorful buildings around the canal. They have restaurants on boats and also along the buildings that you can sit outside and enjoy the view. - La FontaineThis was by far my favorite part of my weekend trip to Copenhagen. A super intimate and cozy Scandinavian jazz club hosting nightly jam sessions. Music was amazing and so were the vibes! -

Karimunjawa islands, a perfect hidden gem and escape from the Indonesian bustle.

SNORKELING AND ISLANDS HOPPING FULL DAY TRIP WITH SUNSET IN KARIMUNJAWA ISLANDSOur hosts from Ayu hotel organized an awesome snorkeling trip for us. This trip was my absolute highlight on Karimunjawa. The snorkeling tour started at 9.00 AM and we came home after sunset, around 6.30 PM. We were on the boat with another couple, so we had plenty of room and paid 220.000 Rp. The trip was amazing. Island hopping around Karimunjawa islands is a truly breathtaking experience. - Explore Ulung Gelam beachIncredible place. Because we left early in the morning, we were alone there. On the left side of the beach there is a very little bay and this is where we spent the whole day. We were completely alone, surrounded by palms and rocks. We enjoyed this place so much that we even came back the next day. Warm water and beautiful turquoise water with incredible surroundings will make you come again. As we came in the morning, the water was very beautiful. However, in the afternoon, around 3 PM, more and more locals and tourists from Java come to the beach. - STAY IN AYU HOTELI choose this place as it was mentioned in Trip Advisor with the highest ranking. Also travelfish.org mentioned this place as a lovely hotel. And with a happy smile I can say that the ranking is definitely justified. Amazing hosts Eryl and Marco made our stay in Karimunjawa even more enjoyable. They were very attentive and caring. They have several cute huts which are very specious and nicely designed. I really loved the bathroom which had no roof, so showering and looking at the palms kept me there for a long time. The tasty breakfast every morning boosted our energy even more. Every morning we had a different breakfast (different types of pancakes, omelettes, fruits etc. Further, people who worked there are very kind, lovely and customer oriented. Marco and Eryl also organized for us an unforgettable snorkeling tour for us and you can also rent a scooter at the property (70.000 Rp). All in all, I highly recommend this place and I would stay there again. -

Toronto

One King WestGreat hotel and can't get a better location - the red line metro is literally right outside the door and al the major street cars and buses pass through the area. Also walking distance to Yonge Street and the Entertainment District. Itinerary is LGBT friendly. - Tour Guys Ghost TourWe booked a free group tour through Tour Guys for a walking tour throughout the city of Toronto visiting the alleged haunted spots. It was really cool, took 2 hours, and also a great way to see different parts of the city. - Playa CabanaAwesome hidden gem in The Annex - we had great Mexican food and margaritas. - BrunchSolid brunch spot and not expensive at all. Right by the Entertainment District and across from the Tiff theater so lots to do in the neighborhood after and very walkable. - Vintage ShoppingQueen Street West has awesome shopping especially for vintage stuff and Black Market is by far the best - it's a huge cavernous space with tons of cheap vintage finds - I got a pair of legit Ray Bans there for $10. - Brunch Again!!We didn't get a ton of time to explore Cabbagetown but had a great brunch at this spot that had an amazing egg Poutine dish - Kensington MarketReally cool enclosed market where you can go for breakfast, coffee, shopping, everything - definitely worth checking out! - Graffiti AlleyA must see!! Miles and miles of awesome awesome graffiti on Queen West in the side streets. - Woody'sSuper fun gay bar in Church and Wellesley! Connected to Sailor's next door which is also a great time - Drag Night!#1 bar for drag shows and great dancing upstairs - Rocket Bus from AirportCheapest and fastest way to get to downtown Toronto. A cab will be ridiculously expensive. Follow signs to buses and buy a ticket for about $1.50 Canadian and get on the #29 rocket bus which gives you a free transfer to the metro. -

The Many Faces of Ithaca, NY

Taughannock FallsTaughannock falls is my favorite of the local waterfalls. Located about 15-20 minutes outside of the town of Ithaca. There's an overhead view, more difficult rim trail and 1 mile flat walking trail to the bottom (pictured above). Beautiful in all seasons! - Buttermilk FallsButtermilk Falls state park is probably the most popular of the local waterfalls due to its close proximity. It contains a big waterfall at the bottom as well as a full trail of waterfalls leading up to the upper section of the park. There is also a more intense rim trail with less views of waterfall. Access to the trails are at the bottom parking as well as through the Upper Buttermilk parking. - Ithaca Beer CompanyAmazing food and great beer! Very fun atmosphere, yard games, food trucks and a beer garden outside in the summer! - Cayuga Ridge WineryAlways a favorite winery on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail which was the first established wine trail in the country!! They have great wines served by friendly bartenders in an old barn. They also have a wood fired pizza oven from Spring-Late fall! While traveling up to Caygua Ridge, be sure to stop into the many other wineries and cideries in the area! There's plenty up and down the trail. Some of my favorites include: Americana Vineyards, Lucas Vineyards, Finger Lakes Cider House, Thirsty Owl Wine Company, Swedish Hill Vineyards and many many more! - Stewart Park at Cayuga LakePerfect for sunset watching, strolls around the park, grilling, picnics, hammock hanging and just hanging around! - Ithaca CommonsThe Ithaca Commons a 4 block pedestrian shopping area with over 100 local, unique shops, restaurants and bars. Its home to some of my favorite restaurants including Viva Tacqueria, Ithaca Ale House, Taste of Thai, Just a Taste, Luna's Street Food and many more! Be sure to plan your trip around one of our famous festivals include Apple Harvest Fest, Downtown Chili cook-off, Ithaca Festival, Wizarding Weekend, Winter Festival and more! -

Beaching it outside of NYC: Long Beach, NY

Farm to Table Meal at Wild FeastDecently healthy meal featuring local produce and organic meat. Right by the train station and beach! - Surfing Beach - National BlvdGreat beach to surf at! - The Allegria HotelRight on the boardwalk - nice hotel. Grab a cocktail overlooking the ocean. - Long Beach Surf ShopNice surf shop in town. - Mexican Food at Ay CarambaGood Mexican food! -

Brooklyn Favorites!

Brunch @ Sunday In BrooklynAmazing brunch! A reservation is a must have on the weekend unless you don't mind waiting 2+ hours. The pancakes are famous here, very rich & sweet so I would recommend sharing them with friends; they are amazing though! - Pizza @ Paulie Gee'sIn my opinion, this is the BEST brick oven pizza in Brooklyn. They are known for drizzling some hot honey on the pizza... They don't take reservations, if you are a big crowd and plan on going on the weekend, get there at 6PM when they open! This place usually has a long wait Thursday through Sunday. - Cocktails At RamonaWe love cocktails at Ramona! This is a great spot to go to pre, or post dinner in the neighborhood. Very nice atmosphere and great mixologists. - Brunch @ EsmeEsme brunch never disappoints! This is a neighborhood go to spot for locals wanting some good eats. My favorite dish on the menu is the fried chicken sandwich! - Peter Pan DonutsAfternoon sweets? This is your place! Don't go too late though, they will probably run out! The line is out the door in the morning hours... Get a box of 6/12 so you can try all of the flavors. - Quick Brekkie @ BakeriBakeri is such a cute spot for morning coffee and fresh pastries. - Date Night @ Marlow & SonsIf you love Oysters, go for it! So fresh & good. - Vegan Ice Cream @ Van LeeuwenTheir vegan ice-cream is the best! - Lobster Rolls @ Lobster JointLobster joint is known for their Lobster Rolls & Bloody Mary's. They have a cute garden in the back for some outdoor seating. - Drink & Play Brooklyn BargeFun outdoor spot for spring/summer/fall days in the city. PS - they have wolfer estate rose & food trucks! They also have outdoor drinking games like corn hole and connect 4. AND, they are dog friendly. :) - Berry ParkI've been to Berry Park several times, from birthday parties to day drinking post brunch this spot is always fun. It's a very casual place in the heart of Williamsburg. It's great for large gatherings with groups of friends as the roof is quite large. - Dinner @ AURORAWe went here for a date night, really good wine and food using fresh ingredients. Definitely recommend trying this spot. -

Istanbul

Sultan Ahmed MosqueHistoric Blue Mosque - try going in mid morning, you won't be able to tour the mosque during prayer time which is I believe 6 times a day especially during sunrise and sunset. No shorts for men or women - for women they do provide hijab on loan to wear when entering. - Hagia Sophia - Hippodrome of Constantinople - Topkapi Palace - Turkistan Asevi - Nikah Salonu - Hafiz MustafaBest Turkish Delights! - Grand Bazaar -

3 Days Eating, Drinking, and Walking through Copenhagen

Hotel Skt. AnnaeThis was a charming hotel located right next to Nyhavn (the rows of cute, iconic houses. The lobby was really nice with a big communal area. The rooms were small but as they usually are in Europe. This was a perfect location for us as it was close to the palace, Nyhavn, running paths, and the garden. - The Little MermaidMy favorite way to see a city is to run it. You end up wandering, getting lost, and discovering. I ran from our hotel up the canal to see The Little Mermaid. She's small, yet mighty, and a great sight to see! - Atelier SeptemberThe breakfast at this quaint spot was insanely good and very traditional Scandinavian breakfast. I had some super seedy bread, a cappuccino, an egg, and sliced cheese. The croissants looked insanely good, too. - RubyRuby is one of the best cocktail bars I have ever been to. It felt like a dark, sexy, library. The ambiance and bartenders were also fantastic. Expensive drinks but worth it! - Coffee CollectiveThe best coffee in Copenhagen. Period. - TorvehallerneThis market is AWESOME. You can get little trinkets and pick from a bunch of different food vendors. We got a bomb sausage, coffee, and a cookie...it was hard to choose though! - NaturbutikI'm a sucker for all natural, organic stores so this had my heart in a second. I needed a probiotic...expensive but good in a pinch! - Pate PateSUCH an amazing meal in Copenhagen. We had amazing wine, in a cozy ambience, and a lot of great shared plates. - Mikkeller BeerThis little brewery was so fun. They make all the beer and they now have locations all over the world! - NorreboroThis is a cute neighborhood in Copenhagen with cute antique shops and restaurants. Worth going for an afternoon to explore. - Sites to SeeBotanic Garden Royal Copenhagen for China Rent bikes Canal Tour Opera House Food Hall on Paper Island - Cafe ErmannoNot the best meal we had, but it did the trick. Lots of cured meats, croissants, eggs, bread and cheese. YUM! - ZelesteThe ambience, the food, the service. OMG. By far the best meal we had while in Copenhagen. It was perfection. -

First Anniversary in London & Stockholm

St. Ermin's Hotel - Autograph CollectionFantastic, centrally-located hotel near the top sites in London. This hotel is walking distance to Westminster Abbey, Parliament/Big Ben, the London Eye, and Buckingham Palace. There is a great bar in the lobby that is perfect for a craft cocktail before dinner at one of the great restaurants nearby. - London EyeGreat views of London, but definitely try to go at sunset for a really beautiful view. Don't waste time on the crazy line - get the fast pass ticket ahead of time! - Tour of ParliamentLondon is full of history, and Parliament, located in the Palace of Westminster, is one of the oldest buildings. You can book a tour ahead of time and get a glimpse into hundreds of years of British rule and quirky government traditions. The tour is definitely worth it! - The Quilon - Best Indian FoodOur anniversary fell on a Sunday, and it was a little difficult finding a restaurant for our special dinner. Or so I thought. This place has a well-deserved Michelin star. Try the wine-pairing menu - it was awesome. And try not to fill up on these little puffs at the beginning (it will be difficult). - Changing of the Guard at Buckingham PalaceDaily ceremony at 11am - get there early! This has all of the pomp and circumstance one would expect of a royal ceremony, and with a lot of fun uniforms and music thrown in. Try standing in the middle of the circle as it is elevated and you can get a better view! - Afternoon Tea at Claridge'sAfternoon tea is a must, and there are tons of great spots. Claridge's is one of the best, and they made our anniversary extra special. We opted for the champagne option, and let the staff pick our tea for us since we knew nothing about it. The warm scones and the Claridge's jam are the absolute best - don't miss out! - Lunch at the Hairy Pig DeliThis super tiny and unassuming restaurant was some of the best food I've had, and is farm to table at it's best and truest. Try the "hot dog," locally made sausage. You can't go wrong with anything here (and they're a great follow on Instagram!) They also have a restaurant I'll be trying next time. - Vasa MuseumIt's an old old wooden ship - but cool regardless. -

3 Days in Budapest

St. George ResidenceWe stayed here during our time in Budapest, & could not recommend it more! It's right in the heart of the castle district, near shops, restaurants, & many of the sights you'll want to see while you're there. All of the rooms are suites, each uniquely decorated, & our rooms were absolutely massive... for very reasonable prices. - Matthias ChurchThis is a beautiful church on top of the hill in the Castle District, directly behind the Fisherman's Bastion. We went inside & the interior was just as amazing as the exterior! - Fisherman's BastionTake in the beautiful view of Pest from the Castle District (Buda) in the many lookout towers of the Fisherman's Bastion! Matthias Church sits directly behind it, so you can kill 2 birds with one stone here. - Labyrinth (Underground Catacombs)I don't have any photos from this (because it's very dark down there and was almost impossible to take a photo of!) but the Labyrinth that sits under the Castle District on the Buda side of the city is a must do! It was weird, creepy, & full of history... it turns out that Dracula was kept down there as a prisoner, as well! - Pest-Buda BistroWe had a lovely dinner here on our first night in Budapest! It's a rustic, cozy setting, with great food & friendly staff. Make sure you try the cucumber salad & the desserts! - Walk across the Chain BridgeOn our second day in Budapest, we walked the Chain Bridge from the Buda to the Pest side of the city... the unobstructed view of the Parliament Buidling along the river was stunning! - Elizabeth SquareThis is a little square on the Pest side of the city, which was great for people watching! A few restaurants & hotels line the square, where you can sit outside & grab a drink & pastry, but there are also food vendors (stands) set up in the square, along with vendors selling souvenirs & other goods. - Dohany Street SynagogueThis synagogue is the largest in Europe, located on the Pest side of Budapest. It was bombed during WWII, and played a role in the Nazi occupation of Budapest. There is a cemetery on-site, as well, and a beautiful memorial (a weeping willow tree) to those lost during the Holocaust is located within the cemetery. - Great Market HallA huge market on the Pest side of the city with everything from fresh foods (fruits, veggies, cheeses, meats, etc) to souvenirs, clothing, & take away restaurants on 2 floors. - Heroes' SquareOne of the main squares of the city centered (Pest) around statues of the Seven Chieftains & Magyars, & the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, among others! - Széchenyi BathsVisiting a bath house is a MUST in Budapest! The Széchenyi Baths is the largest medicinal bath in Europe & couldn't be more beautiful! - Dunacorso RestaurantWe had our last meal in Budapest at Dunacorso (Pest) and it was one of the most memorable parts of the trip. First, the food was amazing, & the service was excellent. We spent about 3 or 4 hours here, sitting in their outdoor terrace, right near the water, savoring every bite of our meal & every sip of our wine (which was flowing). There was live music (violin, chello, etc) and the band came up to each table to play just for them. When we told them we were from New York, they went right into "New York, New York" and we sang along -so. much. fun. -

Hawaii Oahu Trip 8 Days, 7 Nights

Day 1: Fly In/ Journey to North Shore (country) LuiBuenos - Day 2: Chillin' on the North Shore/ Hike - Day 3: Snorkle Sharks Cove/ Pipeline - Day 4: Journey to Town: Pillbox Hike/ Explore Waikiki - Day 5: Wailua beach Park/ Midday Maunawili Hike/ Surfer Bar for Sunset & Cocktails - Day 6: Morning Diamond Head Hike/ Maui Brewery Waikiki/ Pool Hop - Day 7: Hanauma Bay/ Kona Brewery for Big Waves/ Dinner Out - Day 8: Fly Out/ Shop :( -

ARUBA

BarceloOne of the best hotels I've stayed at in Aruba, has a great location, food, and swim up bar. - Passions on the BeachDefinitely suggest going to Passions on the Beach for dinner. Great food with a great view. Make sure to book a reservation during the sunset. - Oranjastad ShoppingOranjastad Shopping is located right across from most of the hotels on Palm Beach. It has many restaurants, stores, and a stage for entertaining shows. - Barcelo All Inclusive RestarantsThe all inclusive restaurants at Barcelo were great! Options include hibachi, Mexican, Italian and more. They also had two different buffets to choose from for breakfast and lunch. -

A Day in Boston, MA

Fenway ParkThe main point of our trip, A Red Sox game! - Franklin Park Zoo - Safari GrillAte at the Safari Grill after seeing the animals. They had a big selection of wraps, sandwiches, burgers, and fries. - Eastern StandardGrabbed some dinner here after the game. Great atmosphere and food. -

Venice, Italy

Getting ThereI traveled from Florence to Venice via train. It was super fast, inexpensive and comfortable. The area around the station is perfect for souvenirs! - Visiting the Jewish GhettoWe walked around the former Jewish Ghetto. It was a very sentimental experience, and we got to taste some authentic Kosher Italian food. The shops lining the main square have stunning glass pieces. I purchased a dreidel. Keep your eyes peeled on the narrow streets for tiny art shops with gorgeous work. - Cruising on the CanalWe chose to walk, but I highly suggest taking a gondola ride. The canals are so beautiful and it's a great way to see all of Venice! - Photo OpWe stopped on the iconic (and biggest) bridge for a photo. Love this area for touristy shops and great restaurants on the water. - Lunch with a ViewThis was the BEST pizza I had in Italy. Highly recommend this restaurant. This street is full of awesome places to eat! - Doge's Palace TourWe toured the famous Doge's palace. Highly recommend - it was beautiful and interesting! - Treats on the GoOn our way home, we stopped for a famous meringue cookie! -

Sicily, Italy

The House of Giuseppe ImpastatoWe started our trip in Cinisi to visit the home of Giuseppe Impastato, a famous anti-mafia activist. This was a really important experience, because we spoke to his family about their experiences and got to see the actual place where history was made. After, we walked around the neighborhood and got pastries at the coffee shop across the street. - One Hundred StepsWe walked the "100 Steps." Peppino Impastato was assassinated by the mafia boss that lived down the street from him. We retraced the route, which symbolizes those that have died fighting the mafia. - Palermo CathedralWe toured the Cathedral of Palermo. There's a line that runs through the cathedral that separates the two hemispheres of the Earth! - Meeting with AddiopizzoWe met with an activist from an anti-mafia organization to learn about how the people still struggle with the mafia today. - Godfather MomentNo spoilers, but there's an epic scene at the end of the Godfather Trilogy that took place on these Opera steps! - Gelato StopPalermo is known for this special treat: gelato in a brioche bun drizzled with chocolate! - Working in the VineyardsOld farmland that was controlled by the mafia was siezed and redistributed to an organization that raises money towards anti-mafia initiatives. It was a really special experience to work in the vineyards for the cause. - Portella della Ginestra MemorialWe visited the site of a horrible May Day Massacre and spoke to survivors. - Pastry TimeSicily is famous for desserts. We had fantastic cannolis!! -

Lisbon, Portugal- in three days

Secret Roof top barThis hidden roof top bar is one of the best views of Castel de St. George. From amazing drinks, to a modern atmosphere this is the place to go to watch the sunset in Lisbon. - Castel de St. JorgeNot only is this a gorgeous Castle in Lisbon, but it also gives you an amazing view of the city. You can see the classic rooftops. An added plus is there are peacocks roaming the grounds. - Sintra- Day tripAfter a gorgeous ride from Lisbon to Sintra along the coast, you come across this gorgeous town. With its own Castle. The castle has many druid ruins, including locations of lunar ceremonies. With under ground tunnels and picturesque architecture this is a great day trip. -

Three Days in Madrid

Sandeman's Walking TourSandeman's is amazing!! They give such well-informed walking tours that take you throughout the city and gives you a lot of information about the history of Madrid. http://www.neweuropetours.eu/madrid/en/home - Reina Sofia MuseumThe Reina Sofia is an art museum in Madrid. It's most famous painting is Guernica by Pablo Picasso. - Mercado San MiguelSuch a fun food market! You can try lots of Spain's traditional dishes and desserts here. - Royal Palace of MadridGORGEOUS palace! Its the palace of the Spanish monarchy, and it's absolutely stunning. It is also basically a replica of Versailles in France! - Cooking ClassWe had so much fun learning how to cook from a Spanish chef! We made traditional paella, sangria, and Spanish omelet's -- but the best part was eating it all! - Puerto de SolSuch a beautiful plaza filled with restaurants, music, and shops! - Temple of DebodGo at sunset, gorgeous view. - Crystal PalaceAmazing building in the middle of Retiro Park. - Parque El RetiroThere is so much to do here, visit the Crystal Palace, rent a paddle boat, or visit the art museum within the park! -

The Foodie's Guide to London

HookThis is the best place to go for a classic Fish and Chips! - Borough MarketBorough Market has an amazing variety of food ranging from burgers, desserts, pasta, as well as fresh produce. It's a one-stop shop for a taste of everything! It is also right on the South Bank of London, near the Shard, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. - The Mac FactoryThe best mac and cheese in London! You can find their booth in Camden Market. - The London Cocktail ClubThe best and most creative cocktail bar in London. They have all kinds of drinks ranging from the Bacon & Egg Martini, the Breaking Bad inspired Heisenberg and the Harry Potter inspired Butter Beer. They also have drinks that serve 2-28 people as well as more traditional cocktails. No matter what you get, it's a fun night! - The Cereal Killer CafeThe Cereal Killer Cafe is a London classic! It has lots of fun cereal and milk mixes as well as their crazy stacked milkshakes! - Homeslice PizzaThe best place to go in London for pizza. They have a wood fire oven and lots of fun toppings. My personal favorite is the mushroom, ricotta, pumpkin seed & chili pizza. - SketchSketch takes a modern spin on London's traditional High Tea. The atmosphere is so cool and the food and tea are delicious. - The Breakfast ClubOne of the best hole in the wall breakfast spots in London. Prepare to wait in line though, but the food is well worth it! - Harrod's Food MarketHarrod's is the most upscale, craziest department stores in the world! Their food market sells everything from fresh produce, to tea, to luxury chocolates. If you can name it, you can buy it at Harrod's. They also have a wine cellar, a champagne bar, an ice cream parlor, and 20+ restaurants. -

3 days exploring Ireland

Blarney CastleThis is a definite must. There's so much to see here- The Blarney House, Inspiration Garden, Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills, and of course you must KISS THE BLARNEY STONE!! - Day trip to Galwaysuch a cute town to walk around. Lots of good restaurants, shops and scenery. Make sure to stop in Claddagh Jewelers (home of the authentic claddagh ring) - St. Patricks Cathedral - Temple BarSo much fun! They had great Irish music and many songs to singalong. -

3 Days in Paros

Akrotiri HotelAkrotiri was one of the best value hotels we found in Greece. The rates were very reasonable and the rooms were clean, very nice and came with an amazing view. The hotel included homemade breakfast and boasted one of the best staffs around. When we arrived the owner sat down with us, mapped out the entire island, rented us ATV's and gave us ideas what to do on the island. - Distrato CafeWe stumbled across this restaurant while walking around the town Parikia. We loved the fact that the restaurant was set in the street and shaded under a gigantic tree. We had a couple sandwiches and were introduced to cafe freddos. - Parikia TownParikia town was about 5 minutes from our hotel and had everything from shopping to eating. The shopping alone in Parikia was best we found in Greece. All the clothing was way more affordable and unique than in other parts of Greece. - AtelierAtelier was an authentic sandal company in which we picked each item that was then hand made onto the sandals. We bought 5 pairs for gifts for people back home and everyone still compliments the sandals. This is a must visit. The sandals to make were around 35 euros. - Regaki Live Music Boat TripsRegaki Live Music Boat Tours was the highlight of Paros by far. It was a day boat trip around Paros with stops along the way to go swimming and snorkeling. The food they prepared on the boat was amazing, fresh Greek salads, souvlaki and drinks! We highly recommend this trip in Paros. - Livadia BeachLivadia Beach happened to be one of our favorite beaches in Paros. There are many beaches to choose from however this one stood out to us. Many Paros beaches tend to be windy, this beach is tucked in between two hills and the wind is deflected which leaves this beach calm. The beach chairs were seven euros a piece, this was so cheap for Greece, in islands like Mykonos we paid more than 80 euros. They also had a floating activity park, I am basically a little kid so i loved that. - SiparosSiparos was a restaurant I had researched well before our trip. I made reservations ahead of time and I knew it would be amazing. The restaurant had fresh seafood and the perfect sunset. It was a far ride from Parikia on an ATV but well worth it. It was closer to the town Naoussa. - Ragoussis BakeryWe stopped here for lunch one day. We had no clue what it was but there were tons of people around eating. It was a delicious bakery and we each got sandwiches. This bakery was in Naoussa. - Naoussa TownNaoussa Town is more well know for the night life and the restaurants. For the top restaurants reservations are a must, we learned the hard way. Every restaurant and bar are geared towards night life and do yourself a favor and go out here at least one night. There arent taxis at all so plan ahead if staying in Parikia. - AgostaAgosta is just an example of the many bars that sit on the ocean. It is a surreal experience and you must visit them either at night or during the day. - Meat BarMeat Bar, hilarious name, delicious food. We found this restaurant walking around Naoussa. Nothing fancy but the best souvlaki we had in Greece. - ATV TravelWe travelled all around Paros on an ATV. It was great because it was cheap, and the island is about 2 hours around. However, at night driving far distances it becomes taxing. Other modes of transport include mopeds and few cars. -

Vienna in a Weekend

Hofburg Palace: Sisi Museum & Imperial TreasuryBeautiful palace with a whole museum inside dedicated to the life of Empress Elisabeth. Also has the Imperial Treasury, which is the home of jewels from the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I as well as the Imperial Crown, Orb, and Sceptre. - Vienna State OperaAbsolutely must visit! You can go on a tour which takes you through the theatres, backstage, as well as explaining the history behind events at the Opera House. - Belvedere PalaceBeautiful castle with an art gallery within, home of The Kiss by Gustav Klimt. The gardens are gorgeous as well. - Segway TourThree hour segway tour throughout the city of Vienna. We learned a lot about the city and saw a lot of it in a short time period. Also had a segway tutorial before we went on tour. https://www.getyourguide.com/vienna-l7/vienna-city-segway-tour-t223/ - St. Stephen's CathedralAmazing cathedral, unlike any others I have seen! The tile work on the outside roofing is gorgeous and the interior is just as beautiful. - NaschmarktFun marketplace to get, shop, and hang out! - Hotel SacherHome of the original Sacher-Torte, a delicious chocolate cake! - Statue of MozartA beautiful memorial to Mozart, with a floral music note in front. -

Weekend in Nashville, TN!

Pancake PantrySuch a great breakfast spot! We waited 1 hour to get a table (which I heard wasn't even too long of a wait). The line to get a table goes outside and is pretty lengthy - takes up most of the block! We were prepared to wait as we heard about this place from some friends. It was worth the wait! - Fried Chicken at Hattie B'sIf you like fried chicken, definitely come here for a not so quick bite, ha. LONG lines in the afternoon which is prime time. Pretty sure we came when they opened at 11AM for an early lunch/late breakfast to avoid the lines. This isn't necessarily fast food, but it's also NOT fancy. Very casual place, you order at the counter and they have a few tables to sit at. You basically order hot fried chicken and some sides - the beans and mac and cheese were really good. Clearly, a cheat weekend here! - Coffee at Milk and HoneyJust opened summer 2017! Cute spot for brunch/ afternoon coffee. -

Bachelor Party in Nashville

130 Marie StreetWe found this house on Airbnb and immediately knew it would fit our needs. This house was perfect for us and I would stay there again if I planned to go back to Nashville with a group. -Sleeps 12 -Large Living Room/Dining area -https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/18270200 -

4 Day Cruise to Key West and Cozumel out of Miami (through the eyes of a crew ship singer)

Under the Mango TreeBecause I am on a ship for about 6 months at a time, I sometimes get tired of the food served on the ship. I like going out to different food places during my short time on land and sometimes even away from where the ship ports so I can avoid bumping into coworkers. I am a very big fan of açai bowls and I have to say this place probably has one of the best I have ever tasted. After spending some time hear, I was ready to get back to the ship and get to work. - Work"Home Port" days are one of the busiest for me because once all the guests are on the ship there needs to be a safety briefing. All the guests need to go to their muster stations and listen what to do in an emergency. My duty was to guide the guests where they have to stand and perform a life jacket demonstration. After this, it is time to put make-up on and get dressed for my main job of the evening. The first night I always performed a motown set and a 70's/disco set. - Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley in Key West FloridaThe first port of call after leaving the port of Miami is Key West, Florida. After Hurricane Irma, we could not go back to Key West immediately and had to change itineraries for a few weeks, but coming back was a great experience because I was impressed at how the community had cleaned up after all that happened. I took the Hop-On and Hop-Off trolley the first day back to Key West after the hurricane. I think it is one of the best things to do here because the trolleys take you to so many parts of Key West from the famous Mile 0 sign to the southern most part of the United States. You are free to stop and get off as many times as you like. Featured in this photo is a statue of the famous Marilyn Monroe. - WorkOn the evening of Key West, I sing a 90's to now set of music and then I'm done with work for the day! Now I have the option to just relax or maybe go to the gym for a workout! - Tacos in Cozumel, MexicoNext, is the amazing Cozumel, Mexico. I love this place because I found out there are places that sell $1 tacos! One place is Macarena Tropic which is the address the location that I have entered on the map. This place not only has great tacos, but it also has wifi. Finding wifi is very important for those of us working on the ship because wifi is not free and is VERY slow all of the time. If you come here and you find that it is closed you can go across the street and find a small taco truck (featured in the photo). Also, amazing tacos for $1. I love finding places like these because Cozumel is becoming more and more "tourist-y." I enjoy finding places where locals come to eat. - Kaokao Chocolate Factory in Cozumel, MexicoThis is probably my favorite place I have visited in Cozumel. Upon arrival, a tour guide will teach you the history of chocolate and how the Mayans utilized it many years ago and after that you will get to make your own chocolate! It feels so rewarding eating chocolate that you know you made yourself. It was honestly the best chocolate I have ever tasted because it was only crushed coca beans, cinnamon, and honey. This experience costs $20 (transportation to the factory is not included). - No Work!Cozumel days were always the best because it was my day off so after a full day of activities in Mexico I get to rest and sleep! :) - Survival Craft Course TrainingPart of being a crew member on the ship is participating in many trainings. One of these trainings is the Survival Craft Course Training. We learn everything there is to know about survival at see. A portion of this training we learned about life rafts. We need to be knowledgable of how the life raft works, the items inside, the capacity of passengers allowed in the raft, etc. If there was a life raft in the middle of the ocean that had capsized, we learned that anyone can flip it back over. Of course the instructor chose me to capsize the raft back to normal position because I was the smallest one in the class. - WorkFinally, I am scheduled to perform a woodstock and 80's set to close out the final evening of the cruise. - Back to Port of MiamiThen once the four days are over it is back Miami. All of the guests go home, but I now prepare for a 3 day cruise to Nassau, Bahamas. -

A Day at Venice Beach, Los Angeles

Brunch at Butcher's DaughterI love the Butcher's Daughter for the atmosphere and their amazing food. Everything is vegan and vegetarian! - Post-Brunch DessetAfter brunch, I headed across the street to Blue Star Donuts. You really can't go wrong with any of their amazing treats, but I highly recommend the one filled with vodka for an extra good time. - Time at the BeachAfter a yummy morning, I headed to the beach! I love laying out, but the boardwalk is my favorite! - LunchLunch at Eggslut is always the best. I love their breakfast sandwiches! - Walking through Culver CityStroll through Culver City to check out some famous studios...you might even catch a celebrity sighting! - Dinner on the BoulevardFor dinner I highly recommend heading back to Abbot Kinney and strolling down the Boulevard. There's so many tasty restaurants, fun bars, and cute shops. -

Family Fun in Florida

The Colony HotelWe love this hotel! It has such a fun vintage atmosphere and is in the perfect location. They have the best accommodations for families and a fun patio bar. Their beach club is stunning, and they have an easy shuttle. - Days at the BeachWe love hanging at the Colony Cabana Club! The Colony has a beautiful pool, a big beach and a nice restaurant. It really feels like a true vacation! - Our favorite restaurantWe love Cabana for the delicious food. We can't come to Florida without stopping here. - Rack'sOur other favorite, Racks has the best southern food. Also walking distance to the hotel! - Ice CreamWorth the wait in line, Kilwin's is a family favorite for dessert! -

Amsterdam

Boat TourFirst, we took a boat cruise around Amsterdam. It was a really relaxing and easy way to get to know the city. - Ice BarThe ice bar was so fun! A definitely must. - Van Gogh MuseumNormally I'm not a huge museum fan, but the Van Gogh museum was really cool. I saw his art, but also learned a lot about his personal life. My favorite part was the portrait room, which showed all of his famous portraits in order. The gift shop has really cool souvenirs! - The Pancake BakeryYou can't come to Amsterdam without eating here! This iconic pancake house has the best food. Try the hot chocolate and anything with Nutella! - The Amsterdam SignYou can't do Amsterdam without seeing the famous sign. It's right next to the Van Gogh museum, so definitely do these back to back. - The Heineken ExperienceThis was the highlight of my trip! The Heineken Experience starts with a history of the brand, a tour of the old factory and a lesson on how the beer is made, then a really cool interactive experience. Don't miss the final stops- the Heineken Experience bar and gift shop for all things beer! -

St. Patricks Day weekend in Dublin, Ireland

Dinner at Fade Street SocialWe went for a late tapas dinner at Fade Street Social - The Gastro Bar when we arrived in Dublin Thursday night. The menu was filled with delicious, creative, and flavorful tapas and a great wine selection. It was a slightly more expensive meal than the typical abroad meal, but the food and the atmosphere made it all worth it! Added bonus was the exposed brick walls. - St. Patrick's day festivities in Temple BarFriday morning we woke up, decked ourselves out in as much green as possible, and bar hopped in the Temple Bar area, visiting all the famous Dublin pubs, drinking Guinness Beer, and enjoying the live music and energy of the city! - Day trip to Cliffs of MoherSaturday we woke up early to go on a day trip to visit the Cliffs of Moher. We used a tour company that organized a day trip to visit this "8th Wonder of the World", just 3 hours away from Dublin. After visiting the cliffs, we went to the nearby town of Galway, a small but authentic town with fun shops and restaurants. After this we headed back to Dublin and were dropped off right where our day started. - Dinner at Pitt Bros BBQDelicious BBQ dinner at a restaurant with great vibes and great food. This restaurant is in the heart of the city and was very easy to get to. - Wandering around DublinBefore we flew out of Dublin, we spent Sunday wandering around the city shopping, eating, and enjoying live street performances. We also walked around St. Stephen's Green, a beautiful park right in the city. - Airbnb (5 min walk from Temple Bar)If your planning on going to Dublin for St. Patricks Day, stay as close to the Temple Bar area as possible. The area gets very crowded because it is blocked off from cars for the parade, and will be very hard to get to by taxi or Uber. -

Nightlife in Florence

Rooftop at the WestinHead to the Westin rooftop bar for cocktails as the sun goes down for amazing views of the city and a gorgeous sunset. There's lots of rooftop bars and cute little restaurants within walking distance if there isn't a table available. I recommend calling in advance! - Lion's FountainThis is Florence's version of a college bar. Buy a bracelet for cheap drinks and free shots. Definitely don't miss the flaming lemon drop shot! Also don't miss a chance to sign the wall or hang up your college shirt. There's also a late night food spot in the back. - Shot CafeThis is the place to go for pregames. Shot Cafe has more shots than I even knew existed. They have great deals on drinks. This is a great place for groups because they have pitchers of mixed drinks to share! Definitely the best place to start the night! - Michael CollinsThis was the place to go for study abroad students. The upstairs of the bar is more chill and great for just hanging out. Head downstairs with your pitcher (the vodka lemonade is my personal favorite) for the real party. Live music Tuesday's are the best! - SpaceSpace is the #1 nightclub for Americans in Florence. Going in VIP is the way to go- skip the line and head to the VIP area for bottle service and more room to dance. If you don't go in as VIP you'll be given a punch card to keep track of your purchases for the night. Don't lose this unless you want to pay a crazy price! - Bonus: The Secret BakeryAt the end of your night, sniff out the secret bakery for the BEST late night eats in Florence. Their croissants are legendary. -

A Romantic Paris Getaway

Saint ChapelleBeautiful cathedral - Day Trip to Champagne ReigonBooked through Viator, https://www.viator.com/tours/Paris/Champagne-Region-Day-Trip-from-Paris-including-Two-Champagne-Tastings/d479-2050RC , full day trip to 3 different wine cellars and got tastings at each. Lunch is not included. Had a great time - Arc de TrimuphSo gorgeous, can climb to the top! - Eiffel TowerGo to the top, can see all of Paris! Go back at night too to see it light up, so romantic and so pretty! - The LourveLeave lots of time for this -- can get lost for hours there's so much to see! - Love Lock BridgeThe original one got taken down, but this seems to be the 2.0. We put our lock on this bridge. - Norte Dame & Kilometer ZeroBeautiful Cathedral that can climb to the top of. Also make sure to go to Kilometer Zero while you're there. It is considered to be the literal center of the city. It is a small gold plate on the ground so you have to look for it, but its right in front! - PantheonVery cool, right in the middle of the Latin Quarter of Paris. It's also the burial place of many famous people including Voltaire and Marie Curie. - Palace of VersaillesTook a half day trip to see the palace, it is gorgeous! Make sure to see the gardens. - Musée d'OrsayBeautiful art museum full of impressionist paintings. LOVED it. -

Cape Town, South Africa

Table MountainExcellent hiking trails from the bottom of the mountain up to the top. If you aren't trying to do a full hike you can take the cable car up from Tafelberg Road up to the plate at the top of the mountain. The viewpoint from the top of the mountain is incredible allowing you to overlook Cape Town, Table Bay and Robben Island. Truly incredible. Pack a light jacket as it can be quite windy and chilly at the top. - Boulders BeachCheck out Boulders Beach if you want to see the African penguin colony at Boulders Bay. The African penguins are only found on the coastlines of Southern Africa and are on the verge of extinction. Certainly a must-do if you find yourself in the fairer Cape. - Babylonstoren Farm & Garden TourMy visit to Babylonstoren farm was the highlight of my trip. Babylonstoredn farm is a historic Cape Dutch farm that provides you with an opportunity to walk through and view one of the best and oldest preserved farms in the Cape. The gardens are truly magnificent- there are several restaurants on-site and you can even stay in the Farm Hotel. You absolutely must pre-arrange a booking in advance for the tour and of course if you would like to stay at the Farm Hotel you'll need to arrange for that in advance as well. - Pot Luck ClubOne of the top restaurants in Cape Town. Tapas style food, truly incredible with reasonable prices. The restaurant is located in the Old Biscuit Mill which is a small enclave of shops and restaurants. You'll need to make an advanced booking as they do not accept walk-ins. You can make your booking online, which will also require a small deposit to guarantee your reservation that will be applied to your final bill as a credit. Menu-wise we ate the Peri Peri Chicken, Cauliflower couscous, Calamari, Beef Fillet, Burrata, and Fish Tacos. Delicious! - The Old Biscuit MillA great spot for artisan shopping, restaurants and cafes right in the heart of Woodstock. Loved going here in the daytime to have a look at the wares the local artisans were selling and stopped for a coffee after. - St James Beach at MuizenbergA great local beach to go spend a warm afternoon at. Great for swimming and surfing, too. Bored of the sun and sand? Little cafes and shops are around to occupy your time. The brightly coloured beach houses were my favourite. -

Quick Trip to Miami Florida

Soho Beach HouseThe Soho Beach House is amazing! Unfortunately, the pool was being renovated while I was here so I spent my down time beachside on a comfy day bed. The food is great here! The beach side menu is on the casual side compared to Level 3 and Cecconi's - I ordered a cold brew with almond milk and a tuna poke bowl, highly recommend the tuna if you like raw fish! PS - they don't have Matcha here which I thought was interesting since NY and most of the other houses do. There's a small gym here which was a nice addition since the NY house doesn't have one. - Cecconi'sDinner at Cecconi's (the restaurant at Soho Beach House) was good. It's basically trendy/expensive Italian food. You can't go wrong with anything truffle, or cacio e pepe - both solid choices! The Miami location was better then the Brooklyn one in my opinion. I went for an early dinner and did not have a reservation - if you plan on going during prime time, I would suggest making one. - Brickell City CenterAMAZING shopping! Basically, every designer store you can think of, is here. Saks Fifth Avenue, Chopard, Sephora, Intermix, etc... Oh, they also have a drybar which worked out really well for a quick fix before running to a work event! The half indoor/outdoor shopping center was very cool - I believe there were at least 4 floors. - Dr SmoodOrganic/Vegan/GF! Love Dr Smood for a morning (or afternoon) Matcha! Located in the Brickell City Center on level 3. - Colorful Streets of WynwoodAwesome part of Miami (it reminds me a little bit of Brooklyn - hipster and young vibes)! When I come back to Miami, I would love to spend more time in this neighborhood. There's a ton of street art, some cool breweries, foodie restaurants and a relatively young crowd. The colorful streets are amazing, you can get some great pictures here. If you want to do the art walk, I believe they only take place on Saturdays. I was also told that every second Saturday is supposed to be extra special since they incorporates fashion, style and food to the walk. I wish I was here for that! -

Prague, Czech Republic

Old Town Square HotelGreat location- in the middle of everything, in walking distance to most places. We had a great view from our window and was able to see everything going on. - Terezin Concentration CampThis was such an important part of my trip. We all learned about the Holocaust in history, but it was interesting to actually see. I will definitely remember this experience for the rest of my life. - Old Town SquareThis square is where we spent most of our trip. So cool to walk around, eat, explore, and shop. - John Lennon Wall - Fish pedicureThis fish pedicure allowed little fish to eat the dead skin off your feet. It tickled a little but so cool! - Astronomical Clock -

Mexican Paradise Island “Isla Mujeres”

Go to playa NorteOur guide recommended us to go to the beach “Playa Norte” also known as “Playa Coco” or “Nautibeach”. We were told that it is the most beautiful beach in Mexico (maybe he even said in the world…not sure, though). So, of course we went there. It was definitely worth it, what a stunning place it is… - You can explore underwater museum during your snorkel tourOn the way to the island is also an underwater museum with as many as 5000 sculptures. -

Why should you visit the Gili islands?

Stay on Gili Air islandGili Air is the second smallest of the islands and closest to the much bigger island Lombok. If you are seeking a retreat and would like to enjoy island life without many people, then this is your jackpot. It is a very quiet island with few modest accommodations and small hotels. - Do stand up paddling into the sunsetI absolutely loved this experience and I recommend it to everyone. I have never tried it before, but the instructor is very skillful and helpful. Besides, the sunset is incredible to watch. - Peaceful and beautiful white sand beachesIn one word: Paradise. I would recommend going the beach when there is high tide as the water has turquoise color plus it is better for swimming. I really enjoyed the beach which is more on the left side of the harbor. We walked for 3o minutes and there was barely anyone. That was a perfect time for us to take great drone pictures. Peaceful and beautiful. Also around the island, you will see several of the famous swings. So to take a picture on one of the swings is a “must”. - Stay in 3 angles homestayI booked this place via Airbnb. It has a very good location so you are very close to the harbor (it is just 7 minutes walking, so don’t take a horse carriage). Upon our arrival, our host Dwi welcomed us and prepared a delicious welcome drink. Dwi explained us everything about thebreakfast on Gili islands island, where to go for dinner, which side is better for swimming etc. I have stayed in many Airbnb places but I haven’t met such a caring host as Dwi. The room was clean, you will have a shower without a roof for yourselves, so showering and looking at the moon and stars is possible 🙂 There is also a cute porch on which you can enjoy breakfast every morning. Dwi makes her own bread/toast which is very tasty. I highly recommend this place. The Wifi connection is sometimes weak, but who cares, you are on vacation, take a break from everything. And before you leave, don’t forget to write your names on the cactus. (Our signature: Gretka+Nico) -

Christmas in ARUBA - One Happy Island

Passions on the beachBeautiful romantic completely outdoor restaurant lit with tiki torches. Best time is to eat while the sunsets. The food is great but nothing beats the atmosphere. - HiltonGreat centrally located hotel and casino on Palm Beach. - baby beachGreat place to snorkel. Water is shallow in places. Great for kids - oranjastad shoppingLots of shopping. Big Mall. restaurants - sopranos piano barTakes all requests. Great piano bar - Smokey Joe'sOur go to place for ribs - Palm BeachThe best beach to be on! -

California

Huntington BeachIt was not only relaxing sitting at the beach, but also really cool to see people surfing in the water. - Hollywood sign - Hearst Castle - Warner Bros set tourThis is a must do if you ever visit California. It was really cool and I loved seeing the friends set. -

Montauk Point, long Island

East by NortheastGreat Restaurant. A little pricey but worth it. We ate outside. The food and service were great. - Harvest on Fort PondIt was a very hopping place. The outside dining was great. Very lush and inviting atmosphere. Great selection of food. Service and food were wonderful - Montauk ManorThese were privately owned condos. We stayed in a 1 bedroom with a full kitchen, living area with pull out couch and 2 baths. Perfect for what we needed and priced well. All the amenities of a hotel. Pool, tennis courts and restaurant on premises. - Montauk LighthouseNo Montauk trip is complete without seeing the lighthouse. We walked around and took pictures. - Gosman's InletWe had some drinks, shopped a bit at all the shops and took a sunset cruise from there. Beautiful watching the sunset on the water! - Navy BeachRelaxing on the beautiful beach and enjoying the water. - Montauk Brewing Co.go for happy hour for some beer tastings -

Barcelona

The BEST BrunchThis brunch hotspot is a MUST. From amazing presentation to yummy vegan eats, Brunch & Cake by the Sea is simply amazing. It's in a great area right by the Marina to explore after you eat. - Tuk Tuk Through the StreetsThis was SUCH a fun and easy way to get around and see everything! Sure, this is as touristy as tourism gets, but the bikers knew which sites to hit and had recommendation of sightseeing places we'd never have thought of! - Ruins of Las RamblasA few years back, a building development stumbled upon the ruins of ancient Rome. This was a very quick and interesting sightseeing stop. If you're interested, there's a free museum with additional artifacts and history of Barcelona on site. - Relaxing in the ParkThis gorgeous park, designed by Gaudí, is the perfect place to relax. The fountain is absolutely stunning. Walk or bike to the Arc de Triomf, just a few blocks away. - Sand Castle ViewingBarcelona Beach is famous for its nightlife, but also boasts some amazing sand sculptures. A walk along the beach is fun for friends and family alike! - Happy PillsHonestly, the hype is worth it. Barcelona is also known for Happy Pills, AKA the best candy store EVER. Fill up your custom jar with as much candy as possible, and then smile until the stomach ache kicks in. - Public Part of GüellWe didn't realize that we needed tickets in advance for Parc Güell, so we signed up for a slot the following day and explored the public (free) sections. The main attraction here was an easy hike to an INCREDIBLE view of the entire city. - Take Me to ChurchThe center of Barcelona's religious culture, La Segrada Familia is a piece of history in the making. This unbelievably stunning church is unforgettable! The line wasn't too long, but if possible buy tickets in advance! - Bring on the PastaI WISH i had a picture to do this place justice. Amazing, like SERIOUSLY AMAZING, food that might actually change the way you look at pasta. - The Barcelona Party ExperienceOpium is unforgettable--no matter how much tequila you enjoy! Make sure to dress nicely, sloppy attire won't cut it at the door. This is THE club of Barcelona--a can't miss! - Parc GüellIncredible architecture defines Gaudí's most famous work. This is stunning park that's perfect for photos. You can really wander here for hours. Don't miss the balcony that overlooks the city! - Mercat de la BoqueriaFresh veggies, authentic food and a famous macaroon ice cream sandwich, visit this market to try it all! - One last beach sunsetWe had to hit the beach one last time before we left. After grabbing a bite and one last round of mojitos, we took a nice stroll along the boardwalk to watch the sunset. -

Monaco

Chocolaterie de Monacoso much chocolate! very good, I loved it -

A day trip to Bath, England!

Bath AbbeyThis church has breathtaking architecture inside and out! Whether you are spiritual, religious or not I recommend sitting in on a service! I was surprised at how beautiful this was, while they are performing their mass you are able to just admire the sculptures, stained glass, the community and music! - The StableMy friend and I made sure to get the best meal the locals suggested in Bath. The Stable has an endless list of delicious organic pizza, vegan pizza, dessert-style pizza and "the best cider in Bath!" We tried it all, I highly recommend this place while sitting outside where you are able to view the city and its awesome vibes! - Fudge Kitchen ShopWe were drawn by their free samples and enthusiasm to come inside! I was looking for a sweet bite after my delicious pizza, we tried a little piece and knew we had to go in and check out what this place was about. They make the fudge right in front of you which was so awesome to see how it is made and also to know what goes into it. Highly recommend the dark chocolate sea salt (dairy free vegan)! -

Weekend in Philly

After the game snackCreate your own pizza. It was my first time but very delicious! I will be coming back. Totally recommend! - We all scream for ice cream!Had the hydrox cookie(cookies and creme). If you order in a cup it's served in a Chinese takeout container!! Never seen anything like that at a ice cream place. - RelaxingWe looked out at the water while we finished our ice cream and then walked down to the park. Tons of hammocks, tons of people. When we were there someone was kind enough and saved us their hammock once they were done. Tons of fun! - FOODFor brunch the next day, I got a cream cheese cheesesteak from Carmen's inside the Reading Terminal Market. TOTALLY RECOMMEND!!! Had a great conversation with the employees as well. - StrollWe walked from the reading terminal to the art museum and then down to kelly drive next to boat house row. We ubered back to my friends house. -

The Portland Oregon Experience

Voodoo DonutsDonut shops are a big thing in Portland. They offer unique and offbeat flavors. The most famous shop is Voodoo Donuts. Try the Maple Bacon variety. (Yes, Bacon) While there, be sure to take a picture at the "Keep Portland Weird" sign just a few yards away. - Rogue Brew Pub and EateryPortland is the home to a vibrant microbrewery scene. Each has a great menu of a number of excellent brews and great pub food as well! We went to Rogue and enjoyed a couple of flights. Try sitting outside so that you can people watch, which is always interesting in Portland. - Saturday MarketThe Saturday Market is amazing. A huge number of booths ranging from food to toys to collectibles. Great vendors - interesting people - a great day! - International Rose Test GardenReally cool! Not something I'd normally do, but I found it very cool. Very unique roses. Check the concert schedule for another great experience. Ps also check out the Japanese garden across the road. - Portland ZooFun, accessible zoo. -

The Best of Durham, UK

Dinner and Drinks at Fabio'sGreat little spot for dinner and drinks. - Durham CastleBeautiful castle right in the center of town. This is where some of the Harry Potter movies were filmed! - Durham Cathedral - The Swan for English Beers - Indian Meal at the CapitalReally great Indian food. - Dinner at ZenMore expensive, nicer dinner option in town. Great asian fusion. - Drinks at Jimmy Allen'sNice bar on the river! -

Vinales Valley & Havana, Cuba

Welcome Drinks at Hotel PresidenteAfter settling into our Airbnb/Casa Paticulare, we stopped at this iconic hotel for our first iconic Cuban cocktail... the mojito, of course! The hotel is just off the Malecon, which is the pedestrian path that runs along the ocean, so it makes for a perfect pit stop along an afternoon stroll! - Dinner at El IdilioWe ate our first meal of the trip here after finding it in our Lonely Planet travel guide, and were not disappointed! We waited to get seated for about 30 minutes (but were able to enjoy a mojito in the meantime) and it was worth the wait to be able to sit outside in the warm Havana air! They serve everything from seafood to traditional Cuban fare, and the portions are large! The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was laid back. Definitely would recommend trying the paella and ceviche! - Night Out at Fabrica de ArteWe went out here after dinner on our first night in Havana after hearing about it from a friend who had traveled to Cuba a few months before, as well as a few locals. It's a really cool industrial factory that has been turned into an art gallery, and at night, it becomes a bar/club. The line was pretty long (we arrived around 10pm), so plan to get there early... we were able to pay to "skip" the line, so be on the lookout for people who work there offering that. The space has lots of different levels with different music, bars and food options, with locals and tourists all mingling together! - Tour of a Tobacco FarmI'm unsure on the name and can't find it online (although many bloggers have posted pictures of the same farm we visited) but if you ask your taxi driver (or your host) in Vinales about a place where you can go to see how cigars are made, they will know exactly where to send you! This is the first place we went in Vinales and it was really cool to learn everything from how the tobacco is grown and processed to how the cigars are made. We got to see the rolling process, the barns where the leaves are hung to dry, and of course, smoke a cigar with the men giving us the tour. After, we rode horses through the fields to a small coffee farm where we were served drinks made with the guava rum they produce there as well. - Cueva del IndioThis is located just outside of the town center in Vinales, on the outskirts of the forest. We walked from town to the site, which was a pretty long walk, but mostly flat so it wasn't super strenuous, even in the heat. When you arrive at the cave, you can pay to take a short boat ride through the caverns, which was really cool. The trees, plants, flowers and rocks were all beautiful! - Hotel Rancho San VincenteWe didn't stay here, but they did allow us to sit by their pool and order food and drinks one afternoon - it was very relaxing and the pool was just right! - Sunset Bike Tour of HavanaThis was one of the most fun things we did while in Havana! The tour was about 4 hours long, covered a lot of ground, and our guide, Javi, was super knowledgeable about the layout of the city, and the history that goes along with all of the places we visited. We saw many of Havana's most famous sights, including the Plaza de la Revolucion, Havana Forest, and the Colon Cemetary, biked along the ocean, and ended at a restaurant where we enjoyed a few mojitos! - Callejon de HamelThis is an amazing alleyway in Havana that we visited on our bike tour with Ruta Bikes, that has been decorated by Hamel, a Cuban artist. The street is full of Afro-Cuban art, small cafes, art galleries, and a school where the artist teaches. A lot of the art is inspired by Santeria, and made from every day items (like the bath tubs you can see here). - Plaza de la Revolucion/Jose Marti MemorialWe stopped here on our bike tour, but this is a must see for anyone visiting Havana. It's the largest city square in the world, and full of history. - Havana ForestAn "urban jungle" in Havana, this park doesn't feel like it's right within the city. There are beautiful trees that almost create a canopy over the park, and a river runs through it. We biked through here, and there are lots of paths for walking, as well. - Dinner at La Rosa NegraThis is a casual restaurant tucked into a residential area in Nuevo Vedado. The food was amazing... big portions and great prices! You have to try their paella and the friend plantains! Be sure to get there early - there was a 45-60 minute wait both nights that we ate here. - Drinks at Hotel NacionaleGorgeous hotel, great drinks, and an amazing garden area where you can sit and look at the ocean. Drinks were definitely more expensive here than anywhere else we visited while in Cuba, but it was worth it for the ambiance! - Mojitos at La Bodeguita del MedioHome of the Mojito (yes, they live up to the hype), and a favorite of Earnest Hemingway... you can't leave Havana without stopping in for at least one drink! - Daiquiris at La FloriditaHome of the Daiquiri, and another favorite of Earnest Hemingway! This place is a little more touristy than La Bodeguita, but still worth stopping in for a cocktail... or 2... or 3... - Walk Along the Malecon at SunsetTake an evening stroll along the Malecon, the seawall that runs along the water in Havana. You can sit on the wall and take it all in, and you'll see lots of locals doing the same, as well as musicians playing music, and artists selling their work. If you're active and want to take a long walk, you can get from one side of the city to the other without any interruption. - Playa Santa MariaA beautiful beach just outside of Havana... accessible via taxi or the local bus (if you're feeling adventurous). Very peaceful, not super busy, and there are lots of guys walking around selling fresh coconuts... than can be served with or without rum! - Drinks & Dancing at La EscenciaA really cool bar/lounge that was right in the center of Vedado with a really cool atmosphere, great music, and dancing! - Salsa, Live Music & Mojitos at 1830We spent hours here on our last night in Cuba and it was honestly the highlight of the trip... the best way to wrap up an amazing week. They have an indoor area, but we were in their garden the entire time. There was a live salsa band (they were fantastic), lots of dancing (don't be shy, even if your salsa skills aren't on point, the locals don't care!), and the mojitos were FLOWING. -

Ski Trip to Steamboat Springs, CO

Strawberry Park Hot SpringsThese hot springs were so beautiful and they are all natural! There are different pools with different water temperature (hot, hotttttt, reallllyyy hotttttt and freezing). I recommend signing up for a shuttle to take you there and back - the road should not be driven by someone who is not experienced and many cars wipe out. Go while it is light outside so you can take in the scenery. - Old Town Hot SpringsThese hot springs were right in town and easily accessible. Although they are naturally fed, you feel like you are more at a town pool. This is a nice evening activity after skiing. - SkiSkiing at steamboat was amazing! They are known for having champagne powder. The mountain was not as big as some other mountains in Colorado so it is great for a few days but perhaps not the full week. - Morningside ParkMorningside Park is the back bowl on the mountain of Steamboat and was our favorite place to ski. - Feeding the Grey Jays If you ski morningside park, bring some nuts or crackers in your pocket and feed the grey jays! If you take your glove off and hold your hand still they will land right on you :) - Mahogany Ridge Brewing CompanyFood here was by far my favorite in town! -

A Fall Weekend Away in Lake George, NY

Adirondack Pub & BreweryGreat spot to have dinner and sip some local beer in town. Cozy log cabin feel. - For TiconderogaA must see for my boyfriend - an American history enthusiast. The fort is on the northern most part of the lake and offers pretty views. - Hiking Cook MountainCook mountain came recommended to us and a great hike. The journey up was not easy (it was fall and the leaves were slippery) but once we got to the top at sunset the view was amazing. - Dinner at the SagamoreThe Sagamore is an iconic hotel at Lake George - an soooo beautiful! We came here for dinner and drinks one night but wished we could have stayed the entire weekend (it can be a little pricey). - Horseback RidingWe decided to go on a ride to take in the fall foliage. -

A Wee Tour Through Scotland

Edinburgh CastleEdinburgh castle is where the Kings and Queens of Scotland used to live. If you enjoy medieval history and battles/the army this is the place for you. Royalty has not used this castle in quite some time (it is now used by the Scottish Army) because it sits on a hill and is too drafty and cold (there is a new palace in town) but it does offer the most spectacular view of all of Edinburgh! - The Royal MileWhile in Edinburgh you must take a stroll up and down the royal mile. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and shops to pop into. At the top of the mile you will find Edinburgh Castle and at the bottom you will find the Palace of Holyroodhouse. - Palace of HolyroodhouseYou can find the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the end of the Royal Mile. This palace is the newer of the 2 in town and it is where the Queen stays while she visits. One of the royal weddings took place here not too long ago. There are beautiful gardens in the back that are worth a stroll. - St AndrewsIf you are a golf enthusiast St Andrews is a place you must go! After all, it is where the game of golf started! To play you need to make a t-time well in advance or enter the lottery. If you are not a golf enthusiast it is still a gorgeous sea town to visit. There are beaches to stroll on, shops to visit or have lunch in one of the club houses. The town of St Andrews is also the home of St Andrews University, where Will and Kate met - you can even stop by the cafe in town where they had their first coffee date! We hired a driver to take us up to St Andrews for the day. The drive was not too bad and I am glad we did not rent a car, the roads are full of twists and turns. - Highlands Day Tour We took a day tour up to the highlands (countryside and mountains) with a tour company. We stopped at a few towns along the way, took a boat ride on Loch Ness and saw where the battle of Glen Coe took place (image above). The landscape is beautiful but this was a very very long day and a lot of driving - not sure if I would do it again. - Horseback Riding in North BerwickRiding at Seacliff Stables in North Berwick was one of my favorite activities we did - you really got to take in the beauty of the countryside and beaches. This was only a short train ride away from Edinburgh. We got to ride through little villages, into farms, along the beach (even in the water). We saw famous Bass Rock and the ruins of an old castle. - Rosslyn Chapel‘When I decided to write The Da Vinci Code, I knew that its finale would have to take place at the most mysterious and magical chapel on earth — Rosslyn.’ Dan Brown Yes, Dan Brown is correct, Rosslyn Chapel is truly magical. Not only is is beautiful, but there is a feeling you get when you visit. Only a 20 minute taxi ride outside of Edinburgh it is worth a visit, especially if you have read or watched the Da Vinci Code. Keep an eye out for the spooky cat ;) - Arthur's SeatTake a hike up Arthur's Seat - a volcanic mountain that overlooks the city of Edinburgh. When we went in the spring the hillside was covered in all these burnt yellow flowers - it was beautiful! -

NOLA

Cafe Du MondeFirst touristy thing every first NOLA Visitor must do is get a beignet at Cafe Du Monde. Enjoy the atmosphere with some brunch or a quick bite here. - French Quarters Sight SeeingWalk around the French Quarters to get away from the sometimes crowded Bourbon Street and enjoy what the rest of the beautiful city has to offer. There are street performers singing, dancing and performing everywhere. - Ghost Tour Bar CrawlIf you have time, set up a local Ghost Tour with your significant other and/or as a pre-game before you go out at night. The tour consists of starting and ending at a local bar. You can have your drink-to-go on your walk around town and sight-see the local haunted houses and ghost infested places that your Tour guide will point out. If you aren't into the tour, you can enjoy your two beverages that are included with the tour. - Mardi GrasMardi-Gras on Bourbon Street was swamped with people throwing beads and dancing in the streets (I was into it). Bar hop up & down the street refilling your beverage as you take in the night-life. I would recommend stocking up on as much beads and confetti as you can during the day to enjoy yourself for the whole night. TIP- Be careful for pick-picketers & people scamming you with drug offers and/or deals at bars. -

A weekend in Charleston, South Carolina

Hyman's seafoodHyman's seafood has been serving fresh seafood and also great meals for non- eaters for over 35 years. Reservations suggested to avoid the long wait. Either way it's worth it! Make sure to check out the adjacent lotion/salt scrub store! - Pounce Cat CafeEnjoy a dessert and/or beverage while spending an hour playing and cuddling with adorable cats and kittens. A great way to relax or bond with a potential new pet if you're looking to adopt. All proceeds benefit cats in need. - Shem CreekVenture out to Mt. Pleasant right over the Ravenel Bridge for great restaurants, bars and daytime water activities. You can kayak, paddle board and fish right on the creek. If you're lucky, you might even see a couple dolphins swim by. - Marriott CourtyardThe Marriott Courtyard on Calhoun Street is very reasonably priced, and centrally located. There are also many high end boutique hotels, which offer another level of luxury but at a cost. - Charleston City MarketThe Historic Charleston City Market started as part of the slave trade, but now is a vibrant market place that runs about four city blocks. Vendors sell their unique items and gifts including the most popular, hand woven baskets. Come back at night to enjoy the night market with a different group of vendors. - Palmetto Carriage WorksThis horse and carriage ride was one of my favorite experiences from Charleston. Choose either a public or private tour, and ride around 25-30 blocks of Charleston’s historic downtown district. You'll see houses, gardens, mansions, churches & parks. - Rainbow RowRainbow Row is a must see. A beautiful street to stroll down and see some of the pastel coloured homes. - Folly BeachA great way to escape the city and relax. Folly beach is one of the many beautiful beaches in Charleston. Others include Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms, and Bull Island. -

The best beaches in Crete which you shouldn't miss.

Stay in Akrotiri hotelI would like to show you our awesome room with the view on Chania. Took us around 10 minutes to get to the city by car. The hotel is called Akrotiri and has wonderful 9.0 rating on booking.com. - Visit Elafonisi beachElafonisi is located 76 km west of Chania in the southwestern point of Crete and 5 km south of Chrysoskalitisa Monastery. Turquoise waters, rose-tinted sand and shallow warm waters, in one word: paradise.Elafonisi beach totally reminded me of the Caribbean because of its white sand and turquoise water. - Visit Balos Bay beachThe famous lagoon of Balos is located approximately 56 km northwest of Chania and 17 km northwest of Kissamos. The lagoon of Balos has white sand and beautiful blue and turquoise waters. The sea is very shallow, calm and warm. In many places, the sand has a lovely pinkish color. -

Hike Around California!

Sequoia National ParkThis was definitely my favorite stop of the entire trip. The Giant Sequoia trees are the biggest trees in the world, which is an ineffable fact - something that you truly need to experience yourself. I'd recommend parking at the visitor center, grabbing a map and hiking whichever trails lead where you want to be - a waterfall, up a mountain, through the trees, to a campsite, to a lake - the list goes on and on. Bring water and snacks, you can spend your entire day out there hiking without wanting to go back just for food (although there are restaurants and gas at the top of the mountain - which is about an hour out from the main road). - Yosemite National ForestYosemite is everyone's favorite National Park - and it holds up in my book. More touristy than Sequoia which isn't necessarily bad. Easy to get away from the crowds if you choose a more difficult hike - of which there are many. There are also very moderate but unbelievably scenic hikes if you're looking to relax. There's kayaking, tubing along a river, and plenty of food if you're hanging out in one of the two villages. If you want to camp, I'd recommend looking into getting a permit WAY in advance as these place book up very quickly for obvious reasons (goes for any National Park). - Pacific Coast HighwayOverall a great way to travel the coast. You can pay $10 to do the 17-mile drive in Monterrey which has beautiful views of the coast, possibly seals if they're in season, and many of the beautiful mansions in this exclusive private neighborhood. The drive continues on southbound along the PCH and goes right through Big Sur National Park. Check the weather and the roads before you head over though - inclement weather and mudslides can close down portions of the road and make driving a pain. -

Long weekend get away in Aruba

ATV tourThis was s great tour with a great tour guide Alex ! We rode around the island on ATVs and visit some beautiful spots including a natural pool that was beyond words ! This tour was super exicting and a great adventure that I would recommend to anyone visiting the island !!! - Simply fishThe restaurant had a great atmosphere with a great cuisine and cocktails! - All Inclusive -

Southern Thailand in a week

Amatara Wellness ResortBeautiful resort with an infinity pool, amazing food, and great massages if you still have jet lag! Very relaxing, low key place. - Phi Phi Island Village Beach resortI will be back here. 20 minute long tail boat ride away from Tonsai Pier. Great food, and all of the rooms are little huts. There is a small town and a hike you can take right behind the hotel. The hotel also set us up with our day trip around different parts of the Phi Phi Islands which was great because we didn't have to worry about anything! If you're looking to be by all of the parties I wouldn't recommend, the only way to travel to the main pier is by long tail boat and after a certain time it gets too dangerous to travel. Great if you want a relaxing beautiful vacation. - Maya BayOur excursion to a bunch of different spots in Phi Phi but this is a must see! Also has a Lagoon close by if you walk along a short path! - Phi Phi LookoutAmazing view once you get to the top!! Very steep and tiring but worth it!! - The Beach BarFun bar to stop at after your hike to the look out! Very casual and you get to paint ON the bar! - Kee ResortLoved this place!!! Stayed here after Phi Phi before heading home. Super fun, lots of 20 somethings, had an amazing swim up bar as well as a rooftop. Right next to Bangla road which is convenient when you want to go out. The staff was great and organized all of our excursions. - The Big BuddahGreat experience, absolutely breathtaking. The Kee organized a car for us for the day that took us here and another excursion. If you go be sure to wear sleeves that cover your shoulders and if possible your legs. If not you can borrow a wrap in exchange for a donation. - Paradise BeachNot far from The Kee, about a 20 minute drive. This is where the full moon parties happen however unfortunately we were not there during one. Great beach to hangout, and participate in water sports! - Bangla RoadExtremely wild strip of bars and clubs! Very fun and also great for shopping. If you are staying at The Kee you are right next to the strip. -

Unforgettable Adventure in Peru: Inca Trail & the Amazon

Inca Trail with Alpaca ExpeditionsAmazing tour operator, once in a lifetime experience. My wife and I hiked the classic 4D/3N Inca Trail. We are so glad we used Alpaca. From start to finish, they were outstanding. The team is extremely organized and answered any questions we had pre-booking through the end of the trip. On the trail, our guides and the "Green Machine" porter crew exceeded all expectations. Our guide, Yoel, was incredible. He was organized, funny, sociable, extremely knowledgeable, and always willing to help with anything during our trek. Special shout out to our chef, Hermang (sp?). I was absolutely blown away by the quality and variety of food we had for every meal along the trail. We ate restaurant quality meals everyday, which the team cooked on tiny gas burners with ingredients they carried on their backs - unreal. Also, it was my birthday on the second day and they managed to make me a birthday cake - so nice! Hiking the Inca Trail is a once in a lifetime experience and easily one of the best experiences I've ever had, and Alpaca was the perfect company to go with. - Hotel in Cusco: Tierra Viva Cusco CentroGreat, centrally located hotel with extremely reasonable rates. Short walk to all the sights, comfortable rooms, and a nice breakfast every morning. They held out luggage while we were on the Inca Trail and seamlessly checked us into another room the night we returned from the hike. - Dinner at CicciolinaAmazing dinner our first night in Cusco. The restaurant is a little hard to find but when you get there it has a wonderful atmosphere. The menu is kind of a fusion between Italian and Peruvian cuisine. Everything we ate was delicious, as was my perfect pisco sour from the bar! This place was PACKED so definitely make a reservation. - Barrio Ceviche Seafood KitchenUnreal ceviche off the main square. Has a cool nautical theme inside. - Brunch at Jack's CafeA favorite of local backpackers and the expat community in Cusco. This place had a line out the door around brunch time, but luckily we timed it just right. Had the best huevos rancheros! Lots of great vegetarian options too. - Lunch at PachapapaAmazing local Peruvian cuisine served in a beautiful courtyard. Most of the food is made in a big wood-fired oven and super fresh. There was also a guy jamming on the harp, which made for some really nice background music (he even snuck in a great rendition of Despacito! lol). Try the alpaca steak! So good! - Plaza de ArmasThe central square of Cusco. Great place to start your day or stroll through at night. - San Blas DistrictCool artsy neighborhood north of the Plaza de Armas. Great restaurants, bars, and shops. - SacsayhuamanHuge Incan ruins just outside of Cusco. A must-see while in Cusco! We walked from Plaza de Armas (which takes around 30-40 mins and mostly uphill, but it was such a nice day!), but you can also take a quick cab ride there. - Cristo BlancoHuge statue of Christ up in the mountains above Cusco (you can see it lit up at night from anywhere in the city). - Hotel in Lima: Tierra Viva Miraflores LarcoNice hotel located in the Miraflores neighborhood (definitely where you want to stay in Lima). We were only in Lima for a day in between Cusco and the Amazon, so we didn't spend much time in the hotel, but the rooms were nice and a good location. - Sushi lunch at MaidoHighly regarded sushi restaurant in Lima. After several days of hiking and meals on the Inca Trail, we splurged on some fantastic sushi once we arrived in Lima. Super trendy ambience and the quality of the fish here was unreal. Highly recommended - Amazon Rainforest Adventure at Muyuna LodgeWe flew from Lima to Iquitos, a small city on the edge of the Amazon rainforest. We then took a 3 hour boat ride into the jungle to Muyuna Lodge, where we spent 3 days. This place is in the heart of the rainforest and yet has everything you need. They arranged all our activities, including boat rides, walks to see animals, swimming, and kayaking. We even got to swim near dolphins (never knew there were dolphins in the Amazon until now lol). All the rooms have a balcony with hammocks overlooking the river/forest. All activities and meals were included. If you want to visit the Amazon, this is the place to do it. -

Morocco Adventure: Marrakech & Fes

Hotel in Marrakech: Riad LenaMarrakech's medina is filled with "riads," traditional Moroccan houses with an interior garden or courtyard. We stayed at Riad Lena. From the narrow street, all you see is a door, but when you walk through you're in a magical open air courtyard - so cool! It had the awesome rooftop, tiny little foot pool in the courtyard, and they served a great breakfast on the roof every morning - Hiking with Splash Morocco!We did a day trip with Splash Morocco Adventure tours to go hiking in the Atlas mountains outside of Marrakech. The company is run by an awesome, fun Scottish guy named Andy. He was super friendly and even invited us out to beers that same night! They offer multiple other excursions (rafting, climbing, etc). If we went back, I would totally book more excursions with them - Dinner at Café ArabeWe had a great dinner at Café Arabe. We got drinks and dinner up on the rooftop there our first or second night, it was great. One of the owners was Italian so I remember there being some pasta on the menu too - which is odd for Morocco but it was delicious! The bar on the roof was really cool and a great place for pre-dinner drinks. - Lunch at Earth CafeChill Vegetarian restaurant we discovered in the medina. It's off a side street past Jemaa el Fna, so it's a bit hidden, but really great food for super reasonable prices - Dinner at Le MarrakchiNice, trendy restaurant off of Jemaa el Fna (the main square). Great local cuisine with a modern twist - Koutoubia MosqueFamous mosque and an iconic symbol of Marrakech, can be seen from all parts of the city - Drinks at Kosy BarWe got wine on the rooftop of Kosy Bar, which was definitely the perfect place for drinks. This place was really cool and had three levels. The highest floor was completely outdoors and I think had views of the old palace walls (it was right by one of the palaces). On certain nights, has music and dancing - Beer & Trivia at Cafe du Livre!Our Scottish tour guide invited us here for beers after our hiking excursion. Clearly an expat bar. Surrounded by bookcases and the only place in all of Marrakech I saw beer on tap! We happened to be there on trivia night, which was a great time - Jardin MajorelleBotanical garden in Marrakech, outside the medina. Designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle and (since the 80s) owned by Yves Saint-Laurent! Really nice place to spend a morning/afternoon. - Jemaa el-FnaaThe central square of Marrakech - you can't miss. In the morning, there are tons of vendors (try the fresh squeezed orange juice!), and at night, it's filled with musicians and entertainers. The square is surrounded by shops and restaurants. - Hotel in Fes: Riad Dar GuennounThe interior of this place was super cool and feels especially authentic Moroccan. The staff was super friendly and prepared us lunch when we arrived famished after a long train ride. Nice intimate rooftop to pop a bottle of wine at night. - Drinks at MezzanineLounge-y spot for drinks and had an amazing rooftop with torches - Drinks at Palais JamaiA legit former palace overlooking the Fes Medina. The whole place is gorgeous. Also has a pool! - Dinner at Maison BlancheNow called "MB Fes." Upscale French Moroccan cuisine in the newer part of Fes. Classy ambience - Lunch at Café ClockReally cool place we got lunch at on one of our last days. Nice rooftop with good food. I remember wishing we had gone sooner – was definitely sort of a gathering place for backpackers (they hosted movie nights and other social things). - Bab Boujiloud (the "Blue Gate")Cool site and a lively area in the medina. Lots of cafes around there -

Four days in Paris!

The LouvreThe most famous museum in Paris. Even if you don't want to go inside, at least snap a pic in front of it's iconic glass pyramid! - Notre DameAnother iconic sight in Paris. Definitely a must-see. Free to go inside! - Montmartre: The West Village of ParisEasily my favorite neighborhood in the city. We stayed here in an AirBnB and will definitely stay again when we return. North Paris, west-village type feel with cobble stone streets, tons of small cafes, bakeries, markets, etc. Take metro to Blanche/Pigalle/Abbesses and walk up to Sacre Coeur. Paris has an annual contest for the best baguette in the city, and the winning bakery supplies the royal palace with baguettes for the whole year. The winners of 2007, 2010, and 2011 are all in this neighborhood. Two of them on Rue des Abbesses (one of the main streets in Montmartre) within 10 feet of each other. Get one in the morning when they’re fresh, the steam comes out when you break it open...heavenly - Sacre CoeurBasilica at the top of Montmartre, awesome view of the entire city - Place du TertreCool little square near Sacre Coeur with a bunch of artists and a market. A little bit touristy but cool to see while you’re there - Eiffel TowerObligatory picnic and wine on Champs de Mars (park under the Eiffel Tower) is an absolute must. If you come at night, the Eiffel Tower has a light show on the hour from 8 pm to 1 am I think, plus there are guys selling bottles of wine/champagne if you don’t bring your own. Some of the best meals we had in Paris consisted of a baguette, cheese, and wine, usually while walking around or sitting in a park. Keep that in mind (weather permitting) - Drinks in le MaraisWe got drinks at several places in the Marais, very trendy and lively neighborhood (tons of shopping during the day too) - Macarons at LadureeIs it touristy? Yes. Should you still go? Yes. There are several around the city. - The best crepes at Breizh CaféBest crepes in Paris, by numerous sources. They have savory entrée crepes and sweet dessert crepes. Plus they serve local hard cider out of bowls. - Romantic dinner at Le PantrucheSmall, authentic French bistro. We had a great, romantic dinner here our first night in Paris. The Grand Marnier souffle was amazing! - Deyrolle - A fun excursion you might not see in guidebooksAn old taxidermy shop in the 6th arrondissement that’s pretty famous. One of the weirdest but coolest stores I’ve ever been in. They have a massive collection of exotic animals on the top floor - One for the book lovers!The original Shakespeare and Co bookstore is right by Notre Dame. Was a hangout spot for some big writers in the 20s like Joyce and Hemingway (Hemingway’s bed is actually still in the store…I laid on it…is that weird?). Cool place to stop in if you’re nearby - Ice cream at Berthillon!Amazing local ice cream - Getting in touch with nature in the Jardin du TuileriesGreat place for a stroll on a nice day -

Magical Turkey: Istanbul & Cappadocia

Hotel in Cappadocia: Chelebi Cave HouseAmazing hotel with incredible owners who treat you like family. The hotel is run by 3 brothers who grew up in Goreme, so they are legit locals and are experts on the area (one of them is even a hot air balloon pilot, as well!). The hotel has a small family feel, with only 5 rooms, and every guest is treated like a part of the family. The cave rooms are incredible, probably the coolest hotel room I've ever stayed in. While it has all the modern amentities, a huge bed, and large spa-like bathroom, you really are sleeping in a room that was carved out of stone...amazing! Ridiculously good breakfast serve in a beautiful courtyard. The brothers who run the hotel basically act as personal travel agents for each hotel guest - they kindly planned every activity for us (hot air balloon, "Green Tour" through the valley, horseback riding, Turkish Hamam, airport transfers) and had suggestions for how to make the most of each day. - Dinner at Topdeck Cave RestaurantAwesome food, amazing cave atmosphere. Small, family owned restaurant with amazing food. Whenever we asked anyone for recommendations for dinner in Goreme, the first answer was always "Topdeck." Really good mixed meze platter and great local wines. The ambience is super chill (also very romantic, if you are there with your significant other). Will definitely go back! - Dinner at Seten Anatolian CuisineEasily the best dinner in Cappadocia. We ate here on the last night of our 3 nights stay in Goreme. We had reservations at other highly-recommended restaurants our first two nights, so we tried this based on a suggestion from our hotel. It was by far the BEST meal we had in Goreme, even better than some of our meals in Istanbul. We dined in a gorgeous outdoor courtyard, which had views of the surrounding mountains. Really good mixed meze platter and great local wines. Many of the main courses are roasted in a big wood-burning oven (we actually watched the chef load logs in as he cooked). The ambience is is excellent - really trendy vibe but also a super local feel (and very romantic if you are with a significant other). We were only a table of 2 but the place definitely has space for groups too. Will definitely go back! - Dinner at Pumpkin Goreme Restaurant and Art GalleryThis is a small, family owned restaurant. The reviews speak for themselves - excellent food, great service. The menu is a set menu, with soup, salad, choice of chicken/beef/vegetarian main course, and dessert. We would have liked more options to choose from, but the food was very tasty. They do not serve beer or wine at the restaurant, which was a little disappointing, but the owner was kind enough to give us each a glass of some of his own local wine, which was very nice. Service was excellent - Dinner at Leb-i DeryaBest meal in Istanbul, best view in Istanbul. Easily the best meal we had in Istanbul. The restaurant is a bit hard to find if you don't know where it is...use the map/address on Tripadvisor! If you follow google maps, you will get lost (the location in google maps is wrong)! The fact that the restaurant is a bit hidden down a side street made it that much cooler and gave it a very local vibe. The restaurant itself if on the top floor of the building and has an AMAZING view of the Bosphorous. The food was outstanding and the restaurant had a very trendy, romantic ambience. Would definitely go back here for dinner and/or drinks (had a very nice bar as well). This is a must-go place if you are in Istanbul - Dinner at MiklaMichelin star quality food with an amazing view. Food was exceptional and the view of the city/river is hard to beat. Very fine dining-type vibe, really trendy. The menu is prix-fix. Portions were small but food was outstanding. Probably the most expensive meal we had in Istanbul, but not the best. Still highly recommended - Lunch at Ciya SofrasiDelicious local cuisine, reasonable prices. We went here on recommendation from a friend who lived in Istanbul. Awesome local cuisine, super casual, inexpensive. Many people we've talked to didn't even go to the Asian side while in Istanbul. If you don't explore Kadikoy and eat at this place, you are missing out! - Dinner at DurumzadeThe cheapest meal we had in Istanbul, but one of the tastiest! This is a small, cheap, local hole-in-the wall with amazing food! It was cheapest dinner we had in Istanbul, but one of our favorites. The place is tiny and has the vibe of a late-night, drunk-food place - a single counter, small menu on the wall, and a couple plastic tables and chairs. But if you want extremely authentic cuisine and don't mind sitting at a tiny table out on the street, this place is the best! Definitely have them make you a mixed meat plate - it was awesome!! - Lunch at Karakoy LokantasiGorgeous restaurant, great food. This place came highly recommended from a friend who is a native of Istanbul who said it was the best seafood in town, so we had high expectations. The restaurant did not let us down. The place is beautiful, lined all around with turqouise tile, and the food was delicious. We came for lunch, which was great, but I've been told the menu is even better and more extensive at dinner. Come to this trendy spot to eat fish, drink raki, and walk along the Bosphorous after your meal - Soho House IstanbulThe first thing we did after checking into our hotel in Istanbul was head to Soho House for a drink on their gorgeous rooftop (oh, and for me to propose on said rooftop!). The view of the Bosphorus from the roof is unmatched, both at night and during the daytime. In addition to drinks, we had dinner at both restaurants in Soho House (the first, Cecconis, is open to the public). We also lounged at the amazing rooftop infinity pool on multiple mornings (luckily we were travelling with a Soho House member!). When we go back to Istanbul, we will 100% stay here - everything about it is highly recommended. - Wandering around Taksim SquareFamous square in Istanbul, you can't miss it! Lots of flower vendors and food stands. We had some excellent baklava nearby! - Kadikoy - The Brooklyn of IstanbulIstanbul is super unique in that the city is in both Europe and Asia (split by the Bosphorus River). A lot of people who visit stay on the European side and never visit the Asian side - which is such a mistake!! Yes, most of the major sights are on the Europe side, but we spend an afternoon exploring Kadikoy on the Asian side and it was awesome. Best way to describe it is the Brooklyn of Istanbul - artsy shops, markets, cute little cafes, and just a generally chiller vibe than the larger parts of the city. Also, crossing the Bosphorus on the ferry to get here has great views! - Beyoglu is where it's at!There's a debate among travelers to Istanbul whether to stay in Beyoğlu (newer, hip neighborhood) or Sultanahmet (old city). The major historical sights are in Sultanahmet, but you should DEFINITELY stay in Beyoglu. We did and it was the right choice. Much more chill than the old city and its where all the best bars and restaurants are. Take a cab to the old city in the daytime to hit the big sights, but come back to Beyoglu for everything else! - Magical Hot Air Balloon over CappadociaThis is what everyone comes to Cappadocia for and there's a reason! One of the coolest things I've ever done. We booked with Turkiye Balloons, but due to winds our flights were cancelled two days in a row (the local government regulates balloon flights so everyone was grounded...either all balloons fly or no balloons fly, which is comforting!). Luckily our third and final day, conditions were perfect and we were able to fly. If you go to Turkey, this is absolutely the one thing you should not miss. - Dolmabahce PalaceThe "new palace." The tour inside was so cool! - Topkapi PalaceThe "old palace." Personally my favorite historical sight in Istanbul, definitely should not be missed. - Blue MosqueThe most iconic mosque in Istanbul, can't be missed! - Hagia SophiaAfter the Blue Mosque, probably Istanbul's most well-known sight. This really shows Istanbul's amazing combo of Christian and Muslim history (remember the Istanbul Not Constantinople song??). Hagia Sophia was a church that later became a mosque, so the architecture inside and out are unlike any other building. - Grand BazaarYou could get lost in this indoor bazaar for an entire day and love it. Thousands of shops selling anything you can think of. - Beach day on the Prince's Islands!The Princes Islands are a set of islands off the coast of Istanbul. You can take a ferry that stops at all of them, but we got off at Buyukada (the biggest of the islands). There are no cars (only horses and bikes) so it's an amazing retreat from the city for a day. We walked along the quiet roads looking at huge gorgeous houses and eventually found a tiny hidden beach club to lounge with some cold beers. One of the best days of our trip! If you don't want to walk, there are little boats near where you exit the ferry that will take you to different beaches free of charge! -

Weekend in Dundee & St.Andrews, Scotland!

Dundee LawIf you're looking to get the most spectacular 360 degree view of Dundee, this is the place to go! This spot serves as a popular tourist destination due to the World War memorial that sits atop the hill. In order to get to this location it is about a 30 minute uphill walk ( or 8 minute drive), but the journey gives you a glimpse of the historical old Dundee Jute mills, and passes through charming cottages and parks. I'd recommend wearing comfortable shoes and a light jacket because it can get windy up there, but the view is well worth it! - St. Andrews CastleEntry into St.Andrews Castle is only around £6, and offers a museum tour of medieval Scotland and allows you to explore the ruins of Scotland's oldest church. This location also offers the most amazing view of the North Sea. The castle is also located directly next to the famous St.Andrew's University where Prince William and Kate Middleton met! - The West HouseThis is by far my favorite restaurant in Dundee. It serves amazing dishes from pizza and pasta, to soups and paninis. You cant go wrong with anything you get from here, and their dishes are very well priced. They also have a great cocktail selection! - St.Andrews Brewing CompanyThis pub is conveniently located in the center of St. Andrews and has an amazing drink and food selection. Scotland is known for their fresh seafood and the salmon here is among the best I've ever had! They also have a large selection of freshly brewed in house beers as well as craft beers on tap at all times that are delicious & fresh, and will suit any beer lover! - Duke's CornerDuke's Corner is one of my favorite places to relax and grab a pint with friends. They have a HUGE selection of delicious craft beers, and from Thursday-Saturday night there is typically a live band playing. This is a great place where students, and Dundonians go to unwind and is a perfect spot to chat and 'banter' with the locals! - UndergroundThis is one of Dundee's most popular nightclubs, and it is open 7 days a week so you can drink and dance the night away whenever you want! This club has a variety of different themes throughout the week with local DJ's performing. You can also always expect great drinking specials on whatever night you go! - Broughty FerryBroughty Ferry is just a short bus ride from Dundee City Centre, and it is a charming little town by the sea! One of the most popular attractions is the Broughty Castle which has cheap tours throughout the week. There are also a bunch of little boutiques scattered throughout the town and Broughty Ferry is the perfect place to grap some fresh fish n' chips at any one of there chip shops in town. - The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. AndrewsSt.Andrews Golf Course is a spectacular spot for those who love golf and a special sight even for those who don't. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St.Andrews is considered "the home of Golf" and is one of the oldest and largest golf links in Europe. While it is a bit expensive to play a round, it is still fun to sit nearby and watch over the beautiful courses. -

Amalfi Coast

Da AdolfoThis was one of my favorite lunch spots. You can only get to this restaurant by boat or an off the beaten path (bit of a hike)! We shared a few small plates which include: mussels marinara, mozzarella di bufala baked on lemon leaves and prosciutto with figs. Everything was incredible! So fresh & so authentic. We also enjoyed a pitcher of white sangria which was the perfect amount of sweet (aka not so much), light and refreshing! Not to mention, Da Adolfo is a small beach club as well, so the view is amazing. It's very hard to get a reservation. I advise you have your hotel call for you. - Bagni d'Arienzo Beach ClubI absolutely loved this tiny beach club. It feels pretty exclusive, and is somewhere you can truly kick back and relax. - Villa Cimbrone GardensWe went to Ravello for a day trip, and it was absolutely beautiful. Ravello is known for their old english gardens, music festivals, art, and spectacular yet much different views than the rest of the coast because you are high up in the mountains! - Vivaro Wine BarWe found this little gem on our first night after a long, long day of traveling. It was within 2 minutes walking distance from our hotel in Praiano and let me tell you it was one of our best meals we had. It's a true one man show. The owner of the restaurant is also the chef, waiter, busboy and so forth. There is no menu, you tell him if you want fish or meat and he prepares a 3 course meal for you. We had a phenomenal experience here and wayyy too much wine! ;) - One Fire BeachThis was absolutely my favorite beach club! Not only because it was a short (but feels like long due to allllll the steps) 12 minute walk from our hotel, but it was so lively and the views were absolutely stunning. You can see Positano from afar, and it was always perfect for sunset. They played great upbeat music. I was also very pleased with the service. -

A Weekend Away in London

Horse GuardsIf you have 5 minutes take a stroll by the Horse Guards. They are a 5 minute walk away from most major attractions and are worth it (so cute!). These horse guards are true "guards" for the queen and are what parade her around when there is a royal ceremony. There is also a museum inside that allows you to get a glimpse of the stables. Right up my alley since I love horses. - Club Quarters Hotel, Tralfalgar Square We stayed at the Club Quarters Hotel in Tralfalgar Square. We loved this hotel because of its perfect location! We were able to walk to most attractions and if we couldn't walk there was public transportation right nearby. There were also a few local restaurants to go to right around the corner so food was no issue. I also highly recommend getting the London Pass! We were able to cut a few lines and avoid paying for public transport and entry fees to museums and attractions. - Westminster AbbeyTaking a tour of Westminster Abbey was so beautiful and brought history to life! Keep in mind, the line gets very long (you can see it behind us) so give yourself plenty of time. - Big BenTake a stroll by Big Ben and Parliament to enjoy the views. It is right near all the other attractions so you can't miss it! Did you know that Big Ben is really the bell that is inside the tower and the tower you see is called the Elizabeth Tower? - London EyeThe London Eye is one of the most iconic tourist attractions in London so its worth a look even if you don't take a ride. The line to get tickets and get on the eye is very long so I recommend getting there first thing in the morning. - Churchill War RomsIf you are a war or history buff the Churchill War Rooms is the place for you (my boyfriend enjoyed it more than I did). This is where Winston Churchill had his bunker during the war and lead the country from underground (if you don't like small space or you are claustrophobic this might not be the place for you). - Saint James ParkWe visited in the spring and the flowers in Saint James park were so beautiful! It is a great place to take a stroll or sit down to relax for a bit. If you walk through the park you will also end at Buckingham Palace. - Buckingham PalaceBuckingham Palace is the perfect place to end after a stroll through Saint James Park. The palace is only open for tours during the summer months when the Queen resides at her summer residence (isn't she lucky?). - Brunch at Fortnum and MasonWe had Easter brunch at Fortnum and Mason. It is the perfect place to enjoy some iconic British dining and tea. Make sure you enjoy a little shopping after as well. - High Tea at the OrangeryHaving tea at the Orangery right outside Kensington Palace was one of my favorite things to do in London! Both the tea and food were delicious! You look out over the palace and the gardens - what a perfect view! This does require reservations in advance so book accordingly. - Kensington PalaceAfter tea we took a self guided tour through Kensington Palace. The gardens behind the palace are well worth a stroll as well. While we were there they also had just opened a fashion exhibit on Princess Diana featuring many of her outfits. This is not a permanent exhibit so check to see if its open during your visit. Kensington Palace is also where Kate and the children live while in London so keep an eye out for the Princess! - British PubPop into any British pub and taste some local fish and chips and grab a pint :) the beer isn't as warm as they say - Boat Cruise up the Thames River/Tower BridgeDeparting from the London Eye, we took a boat cruise up the Thames River. This was a great way to see some of the sights (the globe theater) and architecture (London Bridge) of the city. It was also a very quick means of transportation to get from one end of London to the other. We ended our cruise at the Tower of London right before Tower Bridge (what you see in the picture - no, that is not London Bridge like you might think). - Tower of LondonAfter our boat tour we ended at the Tower of London. There is so much to learn and see here that you could easily spend the entire day. I highly recommend one of the tours lead by a beefeater. While you are at the tower of London you can see things such as the crown jewels and the place where King Henry VIII killed his wives, one of them being the famous Anne Boleyn. Keep an eye out for the Ravens, they are always squawking in the background and have a creepy back story. -

7 Days in Nicaragua

The Surf Sanctuary - PopoyoGreat little surf hotel walking distance to Playa Santana. Guaranteed waves here due to the north wind coming off Lake Nicaragua. This owners of this hotel are american and very friendly, accommodating and nice. Rooms were huge. There is a great pool area, tons of hammocks, cute little restaurant, pool table -- everything you need! - Yajure Surf Hostel - San Juan Del SurGet a private room in this surf hostel. The owner is a great guy - knows all the local spots. The rooms are clean and decent. There is a pool to hang out by, and you're walking distance to everything in town. - San Juan Del SurFun town about 2 hours from the airport. This town is filled with surfers, ex-pats and travelers/back-pakcers. Definitely spend a few nights. Tons of surf spots within 30 minutes in all directions. There are restaurants and markets all over town. - PopoyoWAY quieter town up north in Nicaragua. This is really JUST for surfing. There is not much else to do here. The waves are amazing. - Magnific Rock - Eat & HangAussie owned joint overlooking Magnific Rock and popoyo reef break. The dinner her was delicious, definitely way more expensive then more local spots. They have a great breakfast and lunch menu filled with healthy eats. You can rent surf boards from here. The beach is right down the cliff. - Dinner (pizza) at Viento Este Pizza in PopopyoCute restaurant, the food was very good! - Hire a boat for the day - surfing, fishing, snorkelingTalk to your hotel about hiring a boat for the day. They'll take you to all different surf breaks, snorkel spots, and even let you fish on the way out. Fun day and inexpensive way to do a lot and surf a few breaks in one day. - Playa El YankeGreat surf spot, very quiet and peaceful beach. - Taco/Fish Shack on Santana BeachGrab a cold Victoria beer and enjoy fresh fish and tacos. You can't miss this only shack on Santana Beach -

Breckenridge, Colorado

Fly in and out of Denver Airport + Rent a CarBreckenridge is about a 2 hour drive from the Denver Airport. We rented a car. There are also shuttles that take skiers from the airport to the town! - Find an AirBnB in town!we found a great AirBnB in town, walking distance to the Gondola and all of the restaurants and shops. - Ski at BreckenridgeGreat mountain! We rode for 2 days and were not bored at all! - Dinner & Local Beers at the Breckenridge BreweryNice local brewery right in town. - Ski at Keystone MountainAbout a half-hour drive from Breckenridge, another great mountain. The Epic-Pass gets you access to both mountains plus a few others! - Dinner at RelishGood restaurant in town! local cuisine. - Massages at Sol ImpressionsGreat little holistic day spa. The massages were much needed after 3 8-hr days of snowboarding! - Crepes on Main Street -

Montreal

Amazing hotelPerfect location, steps to the Old City and the downtown shopping/business district. - Park Champ-de-MarsBeautiful spot to walk around, watch the sunset - City Hall - The best Italian restaurant!Fun dinner spot in the old city. Lobster ravioli appetizer is a must! - Old city streetsFeels just like Europe :) - La Grande RoueMontreal's version of the London Eye! -

Delray Beach Weekend getaway!

Deep Sea Fishing on the Sea MistThey have great half-day fishing trips! We caught amazing fish right off the beach. Great experience, really fun. - Stay at the Colony HotelI LOVE this hotel! It reminds me of Cuba. It is so casual and quaint. It is a historic site. The rooms are a good size and clean, with very comfortable beds. They have a cute patio, where there is a bar and often live music. When staying here you also get access to their amazing beach club a 10 minute drive away. It is very centrally located. - Eat @ Cabana El ReyDelicious latin food! - Seafood at Boston'sCasual seafood restaurant - great chowders! - Yoga @ the Colony HotelTake one of the great yoga classes offered here! - Dinner at PrimeGreat food - on the expensive side. - Brunch at Cafe MartierCute little brunch or lunch spot! - Shop along Atlantic Ave.Great shops along Atlantic Ave. - Healthy Eats or Juice at Juice BuzzAll of my itineraries contain at least one juice spot/health food store. This is it for Delray Beach :) - Icecream from KilwinsAmazing ice-cream and chocolates! - Beach Day!Enjoy a day at the beach! The ocean is very clean, blue and warm! -

Eating Your Way Through Florence

Gusta PizzaThis place has really good wood-fired stone oven PIZZA! Don't be surprised as there is usually a line (made up of locals, students and a lot of tourists). You can't go wrong with the Margherita or Pesto pies. - AnitaI had many meals at Anita - fresh pastas and amazing sauce! - La GiostraDefinitely make a reservation! Known for their "bistecca" - I had the Balsamic steak which was amazing, highly recommend trying as much of the menu as you can! If you can't get a dinner res, their lunch menu is still great. - Caffè La TerrazzaSuper cute cafe on the top floor of the famous La Rinascente. Great way to end an evening of shopping! I enjoyed some hot coco on the roof overlooking Piazza della Repubblica. -

Budget Hawaii trip (Oahu)

South Shore GrillGreat fish tacos, on Hawaii time so be patient. - Blazin steaksOne of the many locations around here that was a staple for fast filling food after a solid surf session. Keep in mind it's fast food, not fancy steaks. - Coffee shopAwesome local coffee shop with great coffee and speciality drinks - Sharks cove snorkelingGo here for some easy snorkeling, rent your snorkel from bobs if you don't already have one - Bob snorkelOne of the many snorkel bobs to rent from - Sandy beachNo trip to oahu is complete without some shore break poundings at sandys - Manoa fallsFun and easy hike to do on the south shore of oahu - University of hawaii manoaIn town? Check out the campus! - PokeJust finished a solid surf session? Go grab some poke at foodland - Waikiki beachPlay some volleyball, hang on the beach, rent a long board, go pool hopping between hotels. -

ALOHA! Big Island Hawaii

Roadside Lava TubeWhile on our drive north from the Kona airport we stumbled across this roadside lava tube - keep an eye out! These are big hollow caves in the ground from when the volcano in the distance was once active. The lava once flowed through these giant tubes in the ground and now you can explore them yourself. - Hilton Waikoloa VillageWe stayed the week at the Hilton Waikoloa Village and this resort was awesome. We enjoyed the multiple restaurants, pools and areas the hotel had to offer (its huge!). However, we felt that this was more of a family friendly resort so if you're looking for something a little more of a "hip" vibe this might not be the place for you. Many beaches in Hawaii are not sandy, they are volcanic rock, so staying at the Hilton was extremely convenient to get to those nice sandy beaches in the area. Also note, the big island is massive so staying in one place and trying to get everything in is going to require lots of driving, so perhaps look into staying at multiple hotels. Keep an eye out for the sea turtles and humpback whales! - Hapuna BeachHapuna beach was absolutely gorgeous (enough said by the picture)! This beach is well worth checking out and a short drive from our hotel. The crystal clear water would bring me back in a heart beat! - Pololu Valley HikeThere is a some great hiking on the northern part of the island. The landscape changes from the western beaches to a mountainous forest (I felt like I was in Jurasic Park lol). We chose to do the Pololu Valley Hike because it was one of the shorter ones. But don't let it fool you, it was still a workout! Some of the hikes in the nearby Waipio Valley are also worth checking out and you should keep an eye out for the wild horses. - Anaehoomalu BayIf you hit up Anaehoomalu Bay in the morning you will get some great snorkeling in (they have a shack where you can rent the equipment). The water here is calm and there are lounge chairs you can sit on. It is also nice because it is walking distance from the Hilton that we stayed at or a quick drive. This beach was also great because there was a restaurant there that I highly recommend eating at - we went twice! - Snorkeling Captain Cook MonumentThis was the most amazing snorkeling I have ever done in my life and some of the best in Hawaii so it should be a must on your list! So many fish :) We went through a tour group that took us on a large boat and provided the equipment. You can also arrive by kayak but it is a long paddle in some open water and there is no where to really pull your kayak up while you swim. You can also hike down but since it is a protected area they have a policy that if you arrive by land you stay on land (no swimming), and if you arrive by water you stay in the water (no walking around), so that people aren't destroying the natural landscape. - KPC - Kamuela Provision CompanyYummmmm! This restaurant was the best at our resort and requires a reservation. On the fancier side but the food is well worth it! -

Grand Canyon and Zion National Park

Hoover DamIf you fly into Vegas take a quick pit stop at the Hoover Dam (its only 1/2 hour outside Vegas). This activity is short but an interesting place to see. Don't pay for parking, there is some for free if you drive over the dam. Caution: it can get very hot. - Grand Canyon VillageIf you want to visit the Grand Canyon I recommend going to the more popular south rim. The north rim is only open during the summer and there is less to do. (The drive between the 2 rims is over 4 hours). Grand Canyon Village is the place to stay if you are at the south rim. It has a bunch of activities, hiking trails, hotels and restaurants. It also has a free shuttle service throughout the village for those who are injured, handicapped or not physically fit. You must book this months to a year in advance though because it does fill up and it is operated by the national park service. If you do not stay at the village the nearest lodging is 20 mins outside the park and is limited. Outside of those 2 areas to stay, there is nothing but desert for miles so plan accordingly. - Grand Canyon Mule RideRiding a mule along the rim of the grand canyon is one of the most iconic activities to do at the village and was one of my favorite activities. It is a great way to experience the canyon from a different viewpoint. The mules are well equipped, know their job and do not walk close to the edge (like rumor has it), so no need to be nervous. You are in a group of 10 with an experience wrangler. These rides fill up fast so book in advance. I recommend doing the rim ride - the only other option is an overnight ride into the canyon and is not for the faint of heart. - Grand Canyon Red Rim TrailThe red rim trail offered some of the most amazing views of the canyon as you walk out onto different ledges. You can even see some of the Colorado River below if you look closely. If you hike the red rim trail it is 8 miles one direction and relatively flat except for the first section. The red rim trail is also great for those not equipped to walk such a distance because it has a shuttle bus that goes from view point to view point so you can still take in the sights. Keep your eyes out for the mule deer and elk :) - Grand Canyon Bright Angel TrailThe bright angel trail is one of the 2 trails that allows you to hike into the canyon (the other one is the south kaibab trail). This trail is the less strenuous (slightly lol) out of the 2 and is still only recommend for those who are physically fit and not afraid of heights. You can not hike down to the river (10 miles one direction) and back in 1 day because it is too dangerous. If you hike to the bottom you also need camping permits. We hiked to the 1.5 mile house and back up and that was plenty :) Bring lots of water and do this hike in the early morning or late afternoon/evening to avoid the sun. - Colorado River White Water RaftingWe did a 1 day white water rafting trip through 50 miles of the Colorado River in the western portion of the grand canyon. We had to backtrack a little bit so I recommend doing this first if you fly in from Vegas. We went through the company Hualapai River Runners which was fantastic. They took care of every detail of our day and made it a thrill seeking and enjoyable experience. This is one of the only rafting day trips available, most are overnight. Be mindful that the river is cold and the rapids are huge, but you will surely enjoy one of the most exciting rides of your life. We rode a series of 10 rapids and stopped to hike to beautiful waterfalls in between. - Grand Canyon West / Helicopter RideWe ended our rafting trip by taking a short helicopter tour out of the canyon. The views from this ride were AMAZING! We booked this as part of our rafting trip but you can do it separately as well. We landed at Grand Canyon West near the popular glass skywalk. The famous skywalk was not as large and amazing as it is pictured to be so perhaps dont waste your money. - Secret Slot CanyonOn our drive from the Grand Canyon to Zion we stopped in Page, AZ. During our visit we toured a slot canyon which is MUST DO! We went through the company Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours which was the perfect decision. They took us to a secret slot canyon on their private property. This was an intimate and unique experience that most people don't get. We were in a small group which allowed for exploration without crowds and plenty of picture taking. This is only a few miles away from the famous antelope canyon which can get so crowded you can't move so I'm glad we went with our option. - Horseshoe BendHorseshoe Bend is an iconic picture moment in Page, AZ. You park in a parking lot on the side of the road and complete a 0.75 mile hike to the edge of the canyon where you see the beautiful colorado river below. I highly recommend going during the morning or at sunset because there is no protection from the sun so it gets very hot. Also except large crowds. - Springdale, UTThis was the perfect place to stay while visiting Zion National Park. It has the most hotels, restaurants and shops, and is such a cute town. If you stay here leave your car at your hotel and take the free shuttle into the park. The park does not offer much parking and the shuttle will take you to all the sights. Keep an eye out for the mule deer and big horned sheep. - The Narrows (Zion National Park)Hiking through The Narrows at Zion National Park was one of my favorite activities we did during our trip. You are hiking through a canyon that gets narrrower as you go and you are in the water majority of the time. The water usually is between ankle and thigh deep, however if you hike past the point where the river splits it can go up to your chest. Wear clothes that dry quickly, sneakers or watershoes because it is rocky and bring a walking stick to help keep your balance. You can rent all of the equipment in town. It can also be cool in the canyon because you are protected from the sun so bring warmer clothes. Each twist and turn of the river offers sights and sounds that only get more beautiful as you explore deeper within. - Emerald Pools (Zion National Park)Hiking to the Emerald Pools is an easy hike and you arent fully in the desert sun which is nice. There are 3 pools you can consecutively hike to, but we only walked to the first. The pools are beautiful and color and the dripping water from the rocks in nice to cool off in. Keep in mind you can not swim in the pools. - Angels Landing (Zion National Park)Angels Landing is one of the most famous hikes in Zion National Park and is only for those up for a challenge. You hike a series of switch backs up the side of a mountain (don't be afraid to stop for many water breaks lol). After a bit of climbing you reach a platform that allows for some great views, however, you are still not at the top (I stopped here, my sister continued). The rest of the hike is basically a rock climb on a knife back (skinny ledge with 1000 foot drops on either side) where you use poles and chains cemented into the rock to help you along the way. People die doing this hike so it is only for those who are physically fit, not afraid of heights and those aware of their surroundings and capabilities. I was told once you get to the top the view is so outstanding and you are so high that only angels can land there ;) -

South Africa & Zimbabwe

Table MountainTable Mountain is one of the top sites in Cape Town, since it is the backdrop of the city skyline. The lines for the funicular were very long, so I would definitely go early. We hiked up the mountain, and there were a few different trails. Once we got to the top, the views were beautiful. There's a spot with food, drinks, bathrooms, and a shop. We took the funicular back down. - Boulder BeachBoulder Beach is a quick stop along the way to the Cape of Good Hope. I would do a day trip that includes this, the garden, and the Cape. It's a great site to see the penguins! - Cape of Good HopeThe Cape of Good Hope was beautiful. Our day trip stopped here for about an hour or so. We walked to the top and then down, but there is a tram if you need. Beautiful scenery and cliffs. - Kirstenbosch National Botanical GardenKirstenbosch is a national garden, and it has such gorgeous surroundings! We did a quick stop here, but well worth it. - Lion's HeadMust see! If you can only fit in Table Mountain or Lion's Head, I would definitely recommend Lion's Head. It was much less touristy. We had a beautiful hike to the top of the mountain. Definitely a bit more difficult than I was expecting, but a total wonder in Cape Town. - V&A WaterfrontThe V&A Waterfront is a touristy part of the city, but a great area with restaurants and shops along the water. We came here for lunch and dinner a few times, since our hotel was right here. Lots of outdoor dining to enjoy the water views. - The Shortmarket ClubAmazing food! I would definitely recommend going to one of this famous chef's restaurants while in the area. Kloof Street also has a ton of bars right near here. - Winery Tour - Franschhoek & StellenboschGorgeous sites and beautiful vineyards. We did a day trip to the two towns and went to 3 different vineyards. Some people choose to stay over at a bed & breakfast, but since it was a short drive from Cape Town we chose the day trip. - Camps BayCamps Bay is an area of Cape Town along the beach. There are a ton of restaurants and hotels in the area and it's a beautiful area to relax. - La MouetteLa Mouette was an amazing restaurant with a delicious tasting menu. We had a lo of fun here and it was a great experience. - Mount Nelson HotelThe Mount Nelson Hotel is a beautiful old hotel. We came here for afternoon tea and then walked around the grounds and hotel. - Sabi SandsWe were on safari for 3 days and it was as amazing as everyone says. Every day, we were fed 9 times, given 2 game drives, enjoyed time at the pool, and had much relaxation. We saw every animal imaginable, it was a once in a lifetime experience. The service at the safaris is top notch. We did game walks and when we had drives at night, they brought snacks and drinks. Truly incredible! - Devil's PoolSince we flew in on the Zambia side of the city, we went straight to Devil's Pool. We were there in October when the falls were dry and were able to sit at the edge of the waterfall. I would recommend going here, specifically for this excursion. - Rafting at the FallsAfter seeing the falls from the top, we wanted to see them from the bottom. We went rafting at the bottom and got to swim beneath the waterfalls. We jumped and hiked through the rocks. - Boma DinnerBoma was a fun dinner with dancing, local foods, and lots of playing of the drums! We had a great time here where they dressed us up and painted our faces. - Sunset CruiseWe took a sunset cruise one of the nights we were in Zimbabwe. We met a lot of different people and saw lots of different animals. It was a fun trip. -

Bocas Surf Trip

Pacific StopBeach Scene, Laid back, relaxing, food on the beach, fun sandbar surf - Jaco - The Nightlife and TownUnreal restaurants, Fresh food, fish, good beers, bars, shopping, Town life - Puerto ViejoAdvanced Surfing, fun town, bar scene, restuarants, grungy - Bocas Del ToroWhere all the action is, Insane night life, great food, boats to multiple islands, beach life, explore the jungle, Amazing surfing, Tons of travelers and fun people. -

Walk Like an Egyptian

Great Pyramids of Giza & SphinxGreat Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World! One of my favorite things about this part of the trip was we actually were able to go deep into the passageway that lead to the king's chambers. Not for someone who is claustrophobic but by far the best part of pyramids aspect of the trip! From there we went straight to the Sphinx - while visiting they were doing some restoration to it but still an amazing sight to see! - Step PyramidA big part of Egypt is the history but also - THE PYRAMIDS! We went a bit further down to the site of the oldest Egyptian pyramids, including the Step Pyramid built by Zoser during the 3rd Dynasty. - Memphis TourYou HAVE to take a look around Memphis Cairo - a guided tour is the best option here. Memphis features a great sculpture museum and allows an evocative insight into both ancient greatness and modern Egyptian rural life. You learn a lot about the history of Egypt on this portion of the trip. Not for everyone. - Cruise Down the NileThe best way to see Egypt and its surroundings. We took a 3 day cruise down the Nile stopping along the way visiting the Temple of Edfu, Valley of the Kings and the Colossi of Memnon and Queen Hatshepsut's temple! We ended in Luxor which was amazing! - Temple of Edfu - Valley of the KingsThis was one of my favorite spots - so much history and it was AMAZING to see where all the Kings were laid to rest - fun fact, while visiting King Tut AnkH Amun aka King Tut, body was still in his tomb - we were able to enter the tomb and take a look around - all gold and jewels had been removed. A must see spot! - Colossi of Memnon - "The City of a Thousand Minarets"Cairo was amazing - we took the time to go to the market place and look for souvenirs for friends and family. The hummus was amazing but only eat with pita bread. Also we took the time to check out the Egyptian Museum - AMAZING! - Egyptain MuseumAMAZING - take a look around at the history that surrounds Egypt. We got a tour guide who was able to explain each exhibit for us which allowed us to understand more about Egypt. - Al-Azhar MosqueMust See - Temple of LuxorThis was a amazing - we went at night and to see all of the hieroglyphics lit up was unbelievable. Highly recommend! - Overnight Train from Aswan to CairoOnce we got off our cruise we took an overnight train to Cairo where we were planning on flying out of - not the best nights sleep but an experience I would recommend to any traveler. - Cairo MarketWhen we went here we had the best time finding souvenirs, best part is trying to get the locals to give you a cheaper price - or they might try to buy you. I almost was sold for 2 camels! - Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the NileOne day off the river we opted for a hot air balloon ride over the Nile, AMAZING!!! Highly recommend you find a company to help you do this. The photos are amazing! -

Bachelorette Party in Charleston, South Carolina

AirbnbWe rented a house on Folly Beach which is about 20 minutes from downtown Charleston. Folly Beach is a great location because it's walking distance to the Folly strip which has a few cute bars and restaurants but still close to Charleston. We took Ubers when we went downtown and they were really inexpensive. We wanted have the best of both worlds (downtown and beach time) but found the perfect house that was large enough to sleep 19 girls and was literally on the beach! The house was perfect - had a BBQ on the deck which was a few feet from the beach. I definitely recommend renting a house vs a hotel with such a large group. - Lighthouse TourThis was a fun and cool adventure! The bride loves the beach/boats so I wanted to plan an activity that she would be really into. We rented a private boat that came with a captain to take us around the bay for a sunset cruise. The boat left from Bowens Island and lasted for around 3 hours. It was BYOB. Obviously, we packed lots of rosé and some snacks. It was fairly inexpensive, around $35 PP. AND, we got to see Dolphins! - Rainbow RowCutest and most charming little street downtown. Definitely need to visit and take some pictures if you're in Charleston. - Hominy GrilFried chicken, biscuits and grits... Need I say more? A great southern brunch and they were able to accommodate our large group! - AnsonThis was our "big" night out dinner. The restaurant is on the dressier side but not too fancy. They were able to accommodate our large party with one long table and a custom designed a price fix menu that they printed with the brides #hashtag! I thought this was so cute of them! They offered us many price fix options via email before confirming that were all affordable and included alcohol. - Pineapple FountainFamous pineapple fountain in the downtown historic district. - Callie's Hot Little BiscuitHot little biscuits is exactly what they are... Charleston's late night food! In NY, you go to Artichoke Pizza. In Charleston, you go Callie's Hot Little Biscuits (ha). From 1-3AM, the line is out the door with fresh/warm biscuits. I think we may have gotten 2 dozen biscuits for the Uber home. The buttermilk ones were seriously amazing! -

A weekend in Durham

Durham CathedralOne of the must see spots in Durham. The Cathedral has so much history and is beautiful...not only that but parts of Harry Potter were filmed there! You also can't beat spending the afternoon on Palace Green in front of the Cathedral with friends and some drinks. - The Swan & Three CygnetsNo better place to enjoy a pint and conversation around Durham! - Durham Castle ToursA must stop for anyone visiting the area, if you are lucky head to the Castle College bar for a fun pint. -

Bachelor Party on LBI

Golf DayStarted the weekend off with a round of golf. The course was great for good/bad players alike. Given this was a bachelor party, we used the time to enjoy the sun, drink some beer, smoke cigars and attempted to hit a few balls straight. - Nardi'sNardi's was a fun bar. Always crowded (but never too crowded), great music and cheap drinks. However, what kept us coming back was the fact that they have several pink school buses that would make door to door pick-ups and drop-offs at any time... free of charge! Since we had 15 guys, calling ubers would have been a nightmare so having a reliable mode of transportation was key. - Surf/Beach DayOur house was located directly in the middle of the main road with restaurants/bars on one side, and the beach on the other. After a night of fun filled adventurers, walking down to the ocean and laying out was just what we needed. -

Summer Vacation in London

The Savoy HotelThis was an beautiful and comfortable hotel I stayed at a few nights with my parents. The food was delicious and staff was so friendly. They have a little coffee shop as well, with the best scones I had throughout my entire trip! - Meringue GirlsI took a cooking class at this bakery, and it was so much fun!! This small bakery is famous for their meringues (they've made them for fashion week for Chanel) and they offer classes to learn how to create these cute and delicious desserts. The women were so friendly, the baking process was relatively simple, and the results were delicious and so cute! I will definitely make these again in the future. - The Experimental Cocktail ClubLondon is known for its cool bars and clubs, but this was definitely my favorite. The theme of this bar is similar to an old speakeasy. It's super secretive and it doesn't have a sign outside of it. After going behind a black door marked with a red X in the middle of London Chinatown, you enter a dimly lit, sleek atmosphere with beautiful cocktails being served all around. The drinks are amazing, and the vibe of the bar makes it an amazing experience. - Fortnum & MasonThis is definitely a well-known location in London. They're famous for their scones and chocolate cake and afternoon tea. This is definitely a great place to go if your looking for an authentic London activity. -

Tourist Day in Florence, Italy

Lunch at Gusta PizzaMy favorite pizza in Florence! Not only is the crust AMAZING and 100% homemade, but everything comes in the shape of a heart! I <3 Pizza! - Gucci MuseumYou can't miss the Piazza della Signoria when you're in Florence. Not only is it home to some of the most iconic sculptures in the city, but it also is the site of the city hall. Next to the government building is the fabulous Gucci Museum. You only need about an hour here, but it's definitely worth it! - Visiting the DuomoThe most iconic site in all of Florence is of course the Duomo! I love the square around the Duomo for its touristy shops. - Climbing the DomeFor the best view of the city, you can't miss climbing to the top of the Duomo. I HIGHLY recommend wearing athletic shoes and buying tickets in advance! - I Scream, You Scream...We rewarded ourselves after burning off lunch at the Duomo with a trip to the Magnum store. Pick from a wide assortment of toppings to make your custom ice cream bar. - Photo Opp at the Ponte VecchioOK so here's a pro tip: for the best photos with the Ponte Vecchio, go to one of the bridges NEXT to it! They're much less crowded and you'll get the bridge in the pic! - Sunset at Piazza della RepubblicaMy favorite piazza in the city is the Piazza della Reppublica because of the gorgeous carousel that lights up at night. There's also a rooftop bar here that's perfect for people watching! -

Tel Aviv

North AbraxisThis restaurant is nothing short of AMAZING! Every dish is delicious, and they encourage you to eat with your hands, so the experience is definitely one of a kind and unlike anywhere else. The green beans and sweet potatoes were my favorite. If you're with a crew, get the dessert platter for $60! Only thing to note is that it is not cheap! - Le ShukGo here for brunch - all of the dips are absolutely delicious!! And the cafe is adorable. All this food plus a coffee or juice for only equivalent of $19. The vibes are amazing too for a mid day drink or for a boozy brunch! - YafoJaffa is a definite must! Ride your bike from Tel Aviv to Jaffa and shop around! There are a ton of cute cafes to eat (Abu Hassan is supposedly the best hummus in Jaffa, but I've never personally tried it). The shopping there is incredible - especially for jewelry! You will wander and stumble upon the best gems. My favorite store is Sharone Brunsher- such beautiful, unique pieces but VERY pricey! - Bugrashov BeachYou can spend all of your time at the beach since the weather is always perfect in the summertime- this is a happening area, so it's a good central spot to meet up with friends and have a beer! - Tamara Juice StandDon't miss out on these juices/smoothies! The absolute best!! -

Karamia meets Italy 🇮🇹

Exploring Levanto's Beautiful BeachesThe view was stunning and had the best sunset - Bike ride around Levanto - Exploring -

NYC to LA

Mama ShelterThis rooftop bar has great cocktails and food and is affordably priced. Great daydrinking spot. Definitely try one of the mule drinks - it's their specialty. - Will Rogers State BeachGreat beach near the Santa Monica area with excellent views and lots to do. - Umami BurgerTop notch burgers and cocktails and close to the Arclight in case you want to see a movie afterwards. - Arclight HollywoodBest movie theater in LA - Hugo's RestaurantDelicious waffle sandwich. Don't miss it. - Sassafra'sReally cool Southern tinged bar in Hollywood. You'll feel like you've stepped into the 1800s. -

Taking a Toddler to Maui

Early Dinner at Mama'sA beautiful view, amazing food! Worth the "hype". Call for a reservation and don't be afraid of an odd time of day. Ask for a high chair and the fish of the day! - Ocean Front Condo with Hotel AmenitiesFully Stocked Kitchen, Washer/Dryer, Kid friendly pool, walk to restaurants, shopping, excursions, on the beach, large lanai, hotel amenities! a great option if you're not the hotel-chain type. Cribs, Highchairs, water toys can be provided. - Shopping in MauiA nice little spot to take a break from the sun! OR if you forgot to bring anything this is your spot to grab what you need. - Mexicali in Maui!Waterfront Mexican! - Thai Takeout or Dine-inDelicious Thai option! Dine-in or take back to your resort if your kiddos need a break. - Road to HanaRent a car - drive around the island! Don't need to do the whole road but some is worth eyeing! Pick a few waterfalls. With kids its a long trip so if you pick a few it can be enjoyable for the whole family! - Aquarium with tide pool and shark tankFun for all ages! - Pe'ahi Jaws Surf BreakMake sure you have a 4 wheel drive - watch kite surfers and surfers catch the highest waves on the island! - Hookipa Lookout - See Sea Turtles!If you want to get up close and personal to large sea turtles check out this beach park! - SUP - Stand Up Paddle20 Weeks Pregnant? 60 Years Old? Stand up paddle with the best of them! Rent for the hour or the day, right outside your hotel. Relaxing & easy! -

A Perfect Date Night in Brooklyn

1 Hotel1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is unreal! The rooms, views, drinks and atmosphere were all amazing. We started here for drinks prior to heading to dinner since we were staying here for the evening. Great cocktails on the ground level next to a beautiful plant wall! - Cecconi'sWe went here for dinner after drinks at the 1 Hotel - 5 min walk. We made a reservation pretty far in advance and were only able to get a 10PM res. The restaurant wasn't that crowded when we sat down either. The food was great but not amazing... Highlight of the meal: Truffle special of the night. The views of Manhattan under the Brooklyn Bridge makes it! Overall, a great atmosphere. -

Tulum

Raw LoveThe BEST smoothie bowls you will ever have, ever. All vegan spot, great for lunch breakfast or lunch. - Oscar and LaloOne of Tulum's original restaurants - it's been around since the 80s! Situated away from the beach and the town, surrounded by jungle, this place has the most authentic Mexican food. All fresh and local produce. Check it out! - Sian Ka'an BiosphereThis is an amazing place to experience natural, untouched beauty. Spend a few hours on a boat and get into your element! - La ZebraSome of the best fish tacos around! - La EufemiaReally cool, laid back place. It's where the locals go! Cheap food and drinks, right on the beach! - BateyThe best mojito you will ever have. My favorite is the Maracuya (Passion Fruit)! Well priced and full of locals. - Pasito Tun TunA little hidden gem. Really cool mezcal bar. Don't go until later in the evening! - Papaya PlayaGo here Saturday nights! Not before midnight though. Parties are especially good when there's a full moon! - GintanoGo here for a fun evening on Friday nights! You'll find everything you want there - beautiful people, scenery, and great cocktails! - Nômade, La PopularHave lunch at La Popular. Great seafood, unbelievable decor, and an unforgettable ocean view. - Riviera AdventoursAmazing company. Private and customizable tours. They'll help you see all you need! -

Austin Bachelorette Weekend!

Kayaking at Barton SpringsOn Saturday, we knew we wanted to do something active during the day since we would be going out that night. We were so glad we chose kayaking at Barton Springs! We rented four 2-person kayaks, which was a great way to spend a beautiful day outside. They had lockers there to rent, but not a lot of options for food so plan ahead! - Pete's Dueling Piano BarDefinitely make a reservation early for a table! We had a blast here - the guys on the pianos were REALLY talented and made the whole experience fun and interactive. Highly recommend for a fun night activity! - FastenFasten is Austin's version of Uber/Lyft...there were taxi companies but we found Fasten to be a good choice for us! Once one person signs up, they can share a coupon code for others to sign up with. - East Side TavernWe were looking for some BBQ food for Sunday lunch, but we didn't feel like waiting on lines for hours (one of the places we tried to go had a 4 hour wait! The lines for Austin BBQ are no joke!) We were so glad we found East Side Tavern - it had an awesome rooftop where we ended up staying for a few drinks after lunch! The food was good and the atmosphere was amazing! - Walking Brewery CrawlWe did our own walking brewery crawl, starting at Zilker Brewing Company. They had beer flights, corn hole, and picnic tables to sit at. We walked around to a few others, like Hops and Grain and Lazarus. Super casual but fun day drinking! -

Hike Through Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque TerreBeautiful place in Italy, enjoyed a day of hiking along the coast. - Ristorante MikyAfter a day of hiking, we were starving! Chef Miky De Fina is known for serving some of the best fresh seafood from the area. Bacon wrapped Octopus... UNREAL! -

Gluten Free Eats in NYC!

KesteThis place is ALWAYS on my must-visit list when traveling to NYC. It's a cute little restaurant with only about 20 tables, but they know what they are doing. They have so many gluten free options, and even cook their gluten free pizzas in a separate oven! Some of the best pizza I've ever had - GF or not... and others agree. And if you stop in during the weekdays, they will even make you a GF Nutella stuffed pizza crust for dessert and OMG. So good! Keste does not accept reservations but it's so worth the wait! - BistangoThis is a cute little Italian spot right in Murray Hill. When you sit down, they ask you if you have any food allergies (my kind of place!) and make a note accordingly. If you are gluten free, they bring you fresh baked GF bread and your own garlicky dipping oil. Almost their entire menu can be made GF and everything tastes amazing. Some of my favorite dishes are the homemade raviolis and the shrimp scampi. - Lilli and LooFinding good Chinese food that's also gluten free seems nearly impossible, especially in NYC, but this place does it right! Such an extensive GF menu, and they cook all of the GF items separately. They take all of the classics (think General Tso, Kung Pao Chicken, Sesame Chicken, etc) and they do it right. You won't even miss the gluten here! - NizzaThis place is in the heart of the theater district, so it's a perfect place to grab a delicious bite to eat before seeing a show. They have gluten free, freshly baked breadsticks that are awesome and served with a ricotta oil dipping sauce, and also offer a variety of GF meals like pastas, chickpea pizzas & other entrees. I've brought my family here a few times and everyone loves it. This place is always popping, so be sure to make a reservation! - Rosa MexicanoSuch a good gluten free menu with so many options. At this location ONLY, they fry their chips in a separate fryer so there's no cross contamination. They'll even make you a fresh bowl of guac table side. I could eat everything on that menu, but the enchiladas are my favorite go-to! And also, what's a Mexican night without a margarita?! They make them fresh, and offer so many different types of margs and tequila that you'll be in heaven. -

Weekend Getaway: Baltimore

Admiral Fell InnHistorical hotel in Fell's Point. Walking distance to everything - with an awesome view of the water. A lot of great restaurants and bars are all on the same cobble-stone block. - Oysters on the HarborBeautiful sunset dinner - a place to people watch and enjoy the best seafood Baltimore has to offer. - Day at the Aquarium!Probably our favorite part of the vacation! We spent about half a day walking around the national aquarium - it's huge! The jellyfish area was incredible and makes for a great photo opp. Only thing we weren't impressed by was the dolphin show - we had such high hopes! - Orioles GameWe bought tickets for an Orioles game the day of. It was perfect weather, and the stadium is within walking distance of the city. Really fun atmosphere! - Explore Liberty Ships on the harborSince we were there over independence day, there were old liberty ships for WWII, and tall-mast sailboats from the Revolutionary War that were docked in the inner harbor. For a small donation, you could tour the ships. It was a really cool opportunity to see some of America's history. - Brunch Buffet with Live JazzThe Rusty Scupper is a gigantic buffet with the BEST views of the harbor! Sign up early for a reservation, or you will not get in - it was beyond packed. They have two seatings for brunch, both with live jazz music. The assortment of food is unbelievable, and not to mention - it's bottomless mimosas! - SpeakeasyAwesome speakeasy where bartenders create drinks to taste! -

The Best of Sydney, Australia!

Sydney Bridge ClimbThe Sydney Bridge Climb is a once in a lifetime experience! I highly recommend doing this while in Sydney. I went with one of my friends and we had a great time. We learned about the history of the bridge, the harbor itself, and got to see an incredible 360 degree view of the harbor from the top of the bridge. It is definitely worth doing and something not to miss out on! You are guided through the whole experience and feel 100% safe the entire way up. It is not scary from the top, even for those afraid of heights and the climb itself is easy. - Coastal WalkThe coastal walk is probably the most beautiful scenic walk I have ever taken. You walk along the coast of Sydney starting at Coogee Beach and ending at Bondi Beach passing jaw-dropping views of the ocean and different beaches. It is about 5 kilometers which, is approximately 3 miles long and takes about 1.5 hours to do. You pass many different beaches that are all shaped differently and have unique views of the ocean. The rock formation is incredible as well. The views are definitely something you don't want to miss out on. - Manly BeachThere is so much to do at Manly Beach. I recommend taking the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. I went to Manly a bunch of times. I tried many different restaurants, did a coastal walk, went shopping, and sat out on the beach. There is something for everyone to do! There is a surf school where you can sign up to learn how to surf or you can buy goggles and go snorkeling and swimming. There is also a small but cute aquarium there that is worth checking out if you have time. - Taronga ZooIf you enjoy animals the Taronga zoo is a great place to go. You could spend the entire day there. They have exhibitions with all different types of animals from all over the world. My personal favorite part of the zoo was the Australian animals section. Marsupials do not exist outside of Australia and being able to finally see them up-close in person is very cool. They have animal feedings, information session, and other daily activities. There is also an incredible view of the Sydney Harbor from the zoo as well. - Watsons BayWatsons Bay is one of the hidden gems of Sydney. It is a small area but incredibly beautiful. You can walk along the bay and up to an old light house. I went on a beautiful sunny day and it was so relaxing. There is a huge open park in the middle of Watsons Bay with a kid friendly area and picnic tables and benches if you want to do some R&R. There is the federation cliff walk as well that takes you towards Bondi Beach. However, it is important to know that there are some naked beaches in Watsons Bay so do not be alarmed if you see naked people swimming...it's legal. -

Thanksgiving in Prague !

Prague CastleThis beautiful castle used to be an old Royal Palace. Considering the fact that Prague was barely touched during World War II, almost all of its original structures remained the same from many years ago. There is even gold in the architecture around the castle and statues! - Cafe LouvreThis is one of Prague's oldest cafes, so the style and feel while dining is super authentic and old-fashioned. The food was delicious and so was their desserts! Cafe Louvre was on the more expensive so avoid if you are looking for more affordable places. - Charles BridgeThis bridge was absolutely breathtaking, not only because of the architectural design but the view of Prague and the castle over the river. While walking across this bridge I had a warm cup of red wine and saw some locals playing instruments, painting, and selling their craftwork. It was one of my favorite parts! - Karolvy LaznyThis was a club that had 5 floors, each floor being a different type of music... rap, dance, oldies, etc. It was a blast and super fun, each floor has something unique and its you dance till you drop! - U KureluFeeling a little nostalgic during thanksgiving day watching my family together, I enjoyed a nice american-style thanksgiving dinner at a cute restaurant in Prague city with my best friend! Safe to say it felt like home, and tasted just as good! - Karlsplatz (Stachus)Small city center where they have an ice rink and a rooftop bar overlooking the rink. You could either cozy up under warm lamps having a drink watching everyone on the rink or join in on the skating for a little while! I did both and it was a nice thing to do after dinner. - Prague Christmas MarketsSince I left Prague at the beginning of December I thankfully saw at least one day of the Christmas markets. They are gorgeous and super engaging. These markets sell things from jewelry to crepes, instruments, food&drinks etc. My friend and I spent all night here until they turned off the lights, we enjoyed live music, a huge lit up Christmas tree and more... A must-see! -

Day Trip to Milan, Italy

Duomo di MilanoThe Duomo is truly the heart of the city. PRO TIP- buy your tickets in advance to avoid waiting on multiple lines. My friend and I checked out the inside of the church first before climbing to the top. The views were so beautiful! - Fashion HeavenThe Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is an iconic shopping venue located in the same square as the Duomo. We walked through and window shopped at Louis Vuitton, Gucci and more. - Drinks & SnacksWe took an uber to the other side of Milan for drinks and a snack and found the Mag Cafe. This place was very artsy Brooklyn meet Italian glam. I loved how the menus were hidden in books and the drinks were very good! -

Quick Weekend in Amsterdam

Dinner at the Pancake BakeryWe got in a little late and were craving some comfort food, so we headed to the famous Pancake Bakery. This gem's has a fantastic reputation, but nothing did it justice. Hands down the BEST pancake I've ever had. Plus, their hot chocolates are a dream. - The Tulip MuseumUnfortunately, the Anne Frank Museum was sold out so I headed across the street to the Tulip Museum. It was very cute and fascinating. The gift shop is also adorable. - The Heineken FactoryHow could you visit Amsterdam without a trip to the Heineken Factory? We started Day 2 off here and it was such a great experience...like Hershey Park for adults! The tour began with a history lesson through the original factory, then a lesson on how the beer is made, and finally a beer tasting! - Drinks and Lunch on roof of the Heineken FactoryAfter our tour, we headed to the roof for complimentary beer. Heineken has an unbelievably beautiful bar that offers a really great view of the city. There's also a food stand with awesome sandwiches. My group ended up relaxing here for a few hours. - Pictures at the SignYou can't miss this when you visit Amsterdam! The iconic sign is a necessary photo opp. It was much more crowded than I expected, so I recommend going either early or late in the day! - Van Gogh MuseumI'm a big museum person, and I really have to say that the Van Gogh Museum blew me away. It's organized in chronological order and features interactive elements that truly give you a connection with the artist. My favorite part was the first floor, which displays all of his self portraits in order. -

Krabi, Thailand

Phu Pi Maan Resort & Spa4-star hotel in Krabi, Thailand surrounded by tropical greenery and a short walk or ride to Ao Nang beach. Rooms were neat and very clean with excellent AC and amenities. Staff was friendly and helpful and there is a shuttle service that will take you down to the beach. Only drawback (for us) was that the resort is close to a Mosque so you'll hear their call to prayer several times a day, including early morning. - Ao Nang BeachAo Nang Beach is your typical beach in Thailand. You cannot rent an umbrella or lounger so you'll need to be mindful of that. The beach is right along the main enclave for the area, Beach Road, which is filled with restaurants, bars and shopping. You can purchase tickets (cash only) for the dragon boat taxis along Beach Road that will take you over to Railay Beach and to other areas only accessible by boat. - Phi Phi Islands Excusion by SpeedboatYou can book a day trip from Ao Nang to the Phi Phi Islands via speedboat at any of the tour kiosks along Beach Road. Your day will start by being picked up at your hotel and the tours usually leave around 8am from the dock and you return around 5pm. Ticket prices can range so do check out a few kiosks to see if the prices fluctuate. Most tours will provide lunch and a snack, which will consist of typical foods. Be sure to wear your bathing suit as there is no where to change, and you'll want to snorkel and swim in the ocean. Don't forget a towel and sunscreen as that is not provided. The Phi Phi Islands are beautiful and provided the backdrop of the movie The Beach. Other boat tours will cover other island in the area, which depending on the time and money you want to spend will be up to you. I chose a tour that included Phi Phi and Hong islands. - Massage CornerGreat place to stop for a massage. The prices are very reasonable and the site was clean with a friendly and well trained staff. - Radarom SpaGreat spa to stop at for a massage, scrub or steam. Very nice by western standards. Best to make an advanced booking as this place does book out regularly. - Dean and Mom's ResturantThere are TONS of restaurants to choose from with menu's that are very much the same, so how do you choose, right? Well, once we found this place it became our spot every night of the trip. Decent service, excellent food! They also have wifi, need I say more? Prices might feel more expensive compared to Bangkok or Phuket, but that's pretty indicative of this particular region. - Railay BeachAnother well-know beach in the area, if you aren't staying on Railay then you'll need to take a dragon boat as it's only accessible by boat due to the high limestone cliffs that cut off access to the mainland. East Railay is the docking point for boats arriving from Krabi. It is unsuitable for swimming due to the mangroves and boat traffic. You can take the walking path to access Phra Nang Beach, along your walk you will likely encounter monkeys. They're mostly friendly but don't try to pet them and don't feed them! Obviously! West Railay is the primary destination for beach goers and the beach is flanked by high limestone cliffs. This beach is likely the one you'll see on the postcards sold in the area. Also, do know West Railay is where you can catch a boat ferry to Phuket. -

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angor WatAngor Wat is a temple complex and is the largest religious monument in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see when in the SE Asia region. This place is huge, measuring 162.6 hectares! Book a tour guide and driver through any hotel you choose to stay at, and both are a must!! You cannot walk the entire site area, it's far too large of an area to cover on foot and you'll want a guide to explain all the history behind the Temples. First, your guide and driver will take you to ticketing to purchase your ticket for entry. Tickets are sold as 1, 3 or 7 day entries and are paid for with cash or credit. You'll need your passport to gain entry as well. Best to go early in the morning as you'll want to beat the heat and the crowds. Wear light clothing and a hat and bring water-though your driver should have waters in the vehicle for your consumption. Many people go for the sunrise and sunset at the main complex, I saw the sunrise as I was cheering on my Husband as he ran the Angor Wat Half Marathon. Don't miss Ta Prohm as it's the temple from Lara Croft Tomb Raider. Note: due to religious background of Angor Wat complex, you MUST cover your shoulders and knees when inside any of the temples. A simple sarong will do to wrap around your waist and best to bring a button down to quickly cover your shoulders upon entry. They will not sell you a ticket for entry if you are dressed in revealing clothing. All of this information and more, like hours of entry etc can be found online. - Sarai Resort and SpaExcellent Moroccan inspired 5-star boutique hotel near city center in Siem Reap with an upscale spa and kick ass pool! 15 mins from the airport and a short walk or ride to Old Market, Night Market and Pub Street. Clean rooms, decent beds, nice shower and bathrooms. Spa was nice but "expensive" compared to other massage salons and spas around city center. - Ecstatic PizzaPizza place where you can make your pizza a "happy" pizza. - Khmer Relief SpaExcellent spa with a great menu of services to choose from. Best to make an advanced booking especially in the evening as it gets quite busy. Massages are great and the scrubs are also very nice and refreshing, especially after a day of sightseeing in the heat. - Pub StreetAn area within the city center that has a wide variety of restaurants, street food, bars etc. Busy and vibrant in the evening. - Angor Night MarketTypical Night Market you find in Asia, street food vendors and is the best place to find souvenirs. Prices are very low and you can haggle- for souvenirs. However, do know prices are marked in USD currency. -

Weekend in Miami

W hotelGreat hotel on Collins Ave with all the action! - The DutchGreat spot for breakfast or brunch in hr W south beach! - Prime 112Incredible dinner, bacon strips at the bar, make a reservation and dress up!! - Quality meatsGreat romantic dinner spot- high class - YardbirdAmazing brunch spot with southern food- come hungry - Ride bikes on the boardwalk !Rent bikes and take a ride along the beach! - CleoGreat restaurant and bar! - Taquiza taco standGreat little taco stand for a quick bite! - Employees only cocktail barCocktail bar! -

Key west

Meringue at blue heavenFamous sky high meringue on their key lime pies! Very relaxed chill place for a casual lunch or dinner. Watch the chickens running around! - Sloppy Joe'sPub on duval with a neighborhood vibe and great nachos! - Hemingway houseGreat tour, home to hundreds of six toed cats! - Famous key lime pie!!Best key lime pie and cookies! - Santiagos bodegaAmazing tapas and sangria bar!! - Rent bikes and bike around!You can bike ride everywhere in Key West! Best way to get around -

Four days in Reykjavik

Lunch at Ramen MomoWarm up with the most delicious ramen at Ramen Momo! A small but special place (with vegetarian options!) - Bike tour of ReykjavikFun way to tour the city and learn a little bit about the history and culture! - Grab a HotdogThe most famous restaurant in Iceland…is a hotdog stand. No joke, people in Iceland are obsessed with hotdogs for some reason, but they are really good. This is the best/most famous one and there are a few of them around the city (and open late for drunk food!) - Whale WatchingWear your warmest clothes and spend the morning whale watching off the coast of Reykjavik! We booked all planned stuff through Reykjavik Excursions, they were great and super easy - Visit to Hallgrímskirkja - Vegetarian LunchBefore or after your visit to Hallgrímskirkja, stop by Glo for some delicious vegetarian food! - Grab beers at Laundromat CaféLaid back, hipster bar. Good for chilling with a beer before dinner. Yes, people can do laundry here too - Order a flight at Micro BarBeer flights and local craft beers. Very chill, no frills - Dinner at Tapas BarinnTapas Barinn serves Icelandic tapas and is a great way to try a wide range of Icelandic dishes (we did it for our first dinner in Iceland). - Dinner at 3 Frakkar3 Frakkar was my favorite meal of all, really great traditional Icelandic cuisine. We made reservations in advance, which I’d recommend since it's popular! - Before-dinner drinks at Snaps BistroWe went here for a drink before dinner at 3 Frakkar, but I’ve heard it is an awesome spot for dinner too - Blue LagoonHands down my favorite thing on the trip and a MUST SEE. Bright blue hot springs in/surrounded by black volcanic rock. It’s really one of the coolest places I’ve ever been, the pools have bars you can swim up to and everything. You get a wristband when you arrive that locks/unlocks your locker and you use to pay for anything while you’re there - Golden Circle: GeysirThis is part of the "Golden Circle." You can book this on a tour bus or rent a car and drive it yourself. We rented a car and I definitely recommend doing it this way. You can go at your own pace (slower or faster) and makes the drive more fun and independent. The terrain, open fields, etc outside the city are gorgeous. It basically feels like you’re in the North in Game of Thrones (not sure if you watch and get that reference). If you pack a lunch and some snacks, there are a million cool views to stop and take it all in. - Golden Circle: PingvellirAnother stop on the Golden Circle -- It's a national park, so make sure you're dressed warm and wearing hiking boots/sneakers - Golden Circle:You'll be at the top of a huge waterfall at this stop on the Golden Circle -

Barcelona

MontserratMonetary on a cliff outside Barcelona- easily accessible by train - Hotel EuroparkAmazing boutique hotel between multiple tourist sights but in a nice quiet street - SpoonikIncredible tasting menu dining experience- book in advance!! - Bar MutAmazing meat and seafood tapas - Segrada familia - VianaAmazing tapas- get a blackberry mojito! - Soccer matchGet cheap bleacher seats to a match! - Parc Guell - Central marketBig food market off la ramble! - W hotel barHotel bar on the beach with a great rooftop - Chök chocolate shopAmazing chocolates and donuts- great for gifts for people back home! -

Savannah

Old pink houseSouthern comfort food in an old historic haunted mansion! - Ghost tourWalking ghost tour! Very well done - Sorrel weed houseMost haunted house in America - Alligator soulUnique southern restaurant with crazy selection of meats - Savannah high teaGorgeous historic library turned restaurant, beautiful landmark building with students from Savannah college of art and design working. Perfect for a classy lunch or high tea! - Coffee foxCute coffee shop- amazing horchata latte ! - Savannah bee companyBest chapsticks and body balms! Made in Savannah - Leopolds ice creamBest ice cream shop in savannah! Feels like an old fashioned soda jerk- try the ice cream pie! - East bay inGorgeous and charming little boutique hotel- walkable to everything very easily and accommodating staff. Delicious tea in the lobby- cute rooms with southern flair! -

Honeymoon in Italy

Vatican Scavi TourEveryone needs to visit Vatican City once! Since I had already been, we did a tour of the excavations under St. Peter's Basilica. Only 250 visitors are allowed each day so book in advance! - Romantic Hotel in PositanoHotel Poseidon was amazing! It has great views of Positano and the ocean. You could relax all day by the pool or walk down to the beach - Private boat tour with Blue StarProbably our favorite day of the entire honeymoon. Prices were pretty reasonable considering we had a boat and captain all to ourselves for 8 hours. We originally wanted to go to Capri but the wind conditions meant the Blue Grotto was closed, so the captain suggested cruising along the Amalfi coast would be more enjoyable. He took us all along the Amalfi Coast and into grottos, stopped wherever we wanted to go swimming and snorkeling, docked in Amalfi for lunch. Snacks and beer/prosecco included on the boat. - Dinner at Ristorante MaxOff of the main walkway to the beach near the shops. We ate outside in the garden, was really nice setting and food was great. - Dinner at Tre SorelleThis was our first meal in Positano, right off the beach so it has beautiful views. One of the best meals we had in Italy. Great view since it looks out onto the beach and also prime for people watching. Unreal lobster spaghetti. - Dinner at La TagliataThis is located above Positano in Montepertuso, high up so the views are incredible. No menu, they serve you a multicourse dinner of whatever they’re making that night, wine included. So much food! Honestly I think the food was better at the other restaurants we tried, but the view here was pretty special. They provide roundtrip transportation (apparently most restaurants that aren’t in the main part of town do), just have your hotel call them to arrange. - Visit to the Colosseum - Visit to Galleria dell'Accademia di FirenzeDon't skip seeing Michaelangelo's David while in Florence! - Ponte VecchioCross over the Ponte Vecchio to pass by the jewelry shops -- but also cross the river one bridge over so you can get great photos of this Florentine landmark! - Trevi FountainToss a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain so you're guaranteed to return Rome one day! -

Bali

Sheraton seminyakGreat hotel in seminyak- great breakfast, clean rooms, pretty views on a quiet street that's still pretty central - Lawn at cangguFabulous beach club to spend the day and get drinks out of coconuts and light bites. Cute pool bar that looks over the black sand beach - Deux ex machinaGreat surf shop and cafe in Canggu - Potato head beach clubGreat beach club to watch the sunset and grab a cocktail - Mrs sippyPool club with class, great food and cocktails and a fun diving board if you dare! - Ku de taGreat bar and lounge with fabulous view of the stunning Bali sunsets! - BistrotAdorable restaurant for dinner or lunches! - SangaskaAmazing dinner spot- small so make a reservation but the food is unreal Indonesian cuisine - Strawberry fieldsCute breakfast spot! - Komenka rasa sayangGreat hotel on the Main Street in ubud by the monkey forest - Ubud monkey forestStowe your valuables from these fiesty monkeys! Great to see them running around doing their thing in this beautiful jungle- gorgeous grounds to walk through - Ubud marketCool cultural experience to see the ubud market- grab a mangosteen and some ginger tea! - Sayan house ubudGreat dinner spot- go at sunset! - Watercress cafeAmazing breakfast spot! - Spa at AlilaIncredible spa at Alila hotel! Worth the splurge - Yoga barnTake a yoga or meditation class! - Tegalalong rice paddyHike along the biggest tiered rice paddy- meet local farmers and take in the gorgeous views. Bring cash as there are tolls along the way - Dugong restaurant uluwatuUnbelievable dinner spot in uluwatu. Beautiful bar and views, live music and phenomenal service. Fantastic and worth the splurge, food is amazing! - Rock bar uluwatuHave a cocktail on the ocean at this fantastic bar on a cliff over the ocean! - Cashew tree uluwatuAmazing spot for any meal- beautiful premises and has a party once a week with live music - Drifters uluwatuGreat surf shop and cafe in uluwatu - Sundays beach clubAmazing beach club to hang for the day- stay through sunset! -

Chic Girls' Weekend in Paris

Home For the WeekendWe were looking for something cheap, clean and close to the major tourist sites. This hotel had an excellent 24/7 concierge that helped us out a lot and it was walking distance to Notre Dame. - Garden GalsOn our first day, we decided to take a drive to Versailles. Some people think it’s out of the way, but it was only about ½ an hour in an Uber, and really cheap! PRO TIP- get your tickets Online in advance! We were a bit put-off by the ridiculously long line to get into the actual palace, so we started in the gardens. They were were absolutely breathtaking…SO many good photo opportunities! - MTV Cribs: French EditionAfter a stroll through the grounds, we decided to suck it up and wait for the palace tour. The line went surprisingly fast (only about 30 minutes) and was SO worth it! The Hall of Mirrors was a highlight of the tour. We decided to go for the audio guides, which were really interesting! - Let Them Eat CakeAfter a long day of wandering a palace, these two princesses needed some fuel! Versailles is home to one of the few locations of the iconic Angelina Cafe. The pastries were to die for, and I still dream about their sparkling Rosé. - Stairway to HeavenAfter Versailles, we were itching to finally get a good look at the city! Our original plan was to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, but we were advised by our hotel to climb the Arc de Triomphe instead for a better view. After a quick wait on a line, we ventured up a verrrrrrry long staircase to catch the sunset. PRO TIP- students get a discount! - Shopped Til We DroppedOur next stop was the legendary Champs Elysées…and it did NOT disappoint. Surprisingly, there were shops for every price point. Of course, we had to do a little luxury browsing! - Macaroons...Where Else?We couldn’t visit Paris without eating our fair share of macaroons! Where else would we go but the legendary Laudurée? I’d been to the one in NYC, but this one takes the cake! The bar in the back offers a great scene and awesome cocktails! - Dinner for Two with a ViewAfter our crazy busy day, we wanted a chic French dinner. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that view! The food and service were amazing and not too expensive! When booking a reservation, be sure to request an outside table. - Day 2 at the LouvreDay 2 was a day at the Louvre Museum! After the typical tourist photo opp, we headed inside to see some truly amazing and beautiful art. You can’t miss the Mona Lisa! - Lunch at the MarlyWe fed our brains so it was time to feed our body. We headed to Le Café Marly and had the BEST crab and avocado tar tar. This spot was a little pricey, but great atmosphere and food! - Picture Perfect Crepes on the LawnWe finally made it to the Eiffel Tower! After grabbing a crepe from a cart, we kicked back and relaxed next to the iconic monument. - Looking for a Glimpse of the HunchbackWe started Day 3 with a trip to Notre Dame. The line was too long to go up to the top of the towers, so we looked around inside for a few minutes and took some pictures outside. -

Magical Peru: Trekking to Machu Picchu + Lima + Cusco

Hotel in Cusco - Casona Les PleiadesCentrally located, very nice staff, simple hotel. They were very nice to hold our luggage while we went on a 4 day trek to Machu Picchu. - The Salkantay Trekking CompanyGreat company to book through! Our guide, David, was really amazing, knowledgable and supportive throughout the trek. The chef was amazing, every meal we had was really good, and there was more than enough food. This company provides all gear: walking sticks, tents, sleeping bags, food, etc. Highly recommend them! - The Salkantay Trek - 3 full days!Challenging, but amazing trek from Cusco to Machu Picchu! We did the 3 day, 2 night variation. Expect to hike/walk A LOT - 10 hr/day! You sleep in small villages throughout the Andes. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking. Day 2 is really challenging due to elevation and continue to climb higher. We opted for a horse ride for half this day up the mountain which was really amazing also. You're woken up at 5 am with Coca Tea, and a warm breakfast. There is a stop along the way for luncher and little stops for snacks. - Chocolate Making Class in CuscoVery fun chocolate making class! - Amazing Tasting Dinner at Gastrid y Aston in LimaFood was delicious! - Surfing in Miraflores in LimaHead down to the beach, rent surfboards or grab a lesson and hop in the water! There are a few little surf schools right on the sand. Don't swallow any water or you'll risk getting sick! - Hotel in Miraflores - The DazzlerNice hotel in Miraflores with a rooftop pool! They serve a great breakfast, and the staff are ver nice. - Great restaurant in CuscoReally good food and wine with a nice, quiet atmosphere. - The San Pedro Market - CuscoGreat market with tons of awesome handmade crafts! Explore and definitely pick up crafts/handmade goods to bring home! - Tour of the Sacred Valley, Cusco AreaThere are ton of Incan ruins and awesome sites to see along the sacred valley. Book a tour through your hotel or in Cusco! - Machu PicchuAMAZING! Incredible experience to be here and learn about this site. Take it all in. Do some of the hikes around Machu Picchu if you're feeling up for it. - Fun Bar in the Barranco District in LimaThe Barranco District is a fun place to go out at night in Lima. This was one of the bars we liked! Boucne around this area - most of the bars are all on one street. -

Hola, Barcalona!

Las RamblasLas Ramblas is a definite "to do" while in Barcelona. - La BoqueriaAwesome food market to visit while checking out Las Ramblas. Great spot to try some of the local street food or have a glass of wine! I always love food markets when traveling! - Mercat de Santa CaterinaAmazing food market (less crowded and more "gourmet" then La Boqueria). Enjoy some jamón ibérico and local eats. - ApoloFun music venue/nightlife in Barcelona. -

A Weekend Out East

Navy BeachOne of my favorite spots for a Sunday afternoon! - Jonis MontaukThe best breakfast/lunch spot in town! I love the fresh ingredients and that they have a lot of vegetarian/vegan options! Definitely recommend coming here for breakfast before hitting the beach. - Ruschmeyer'sFun spot for a girls night out - it gets really crowded though. - MontauketCasual restaurant on the water with the most beautiful sunsets! - Wollfer Estate VineyardOne of my favorite vineyards out East! Sipped on some rosé as we watched the sunset. -

Bachelor Party in Montreal

BuonanotteBuonnanotte is a supper club which essentially means it's starts out like a normal restaurant and then turns into a fun lounge after midnight. We had a group of 20, so a reservation was a must. Food was great but partying was better. Our dinner tables were turned into bottle tables for us and the transition after dinner was seamless - MuziqMuziq is a club in the center of the city. Pretty standard for that type of scene. We contacted a promoter prior to getting to Montreal, so everything was set up for us (beating the long line and cover charge). Great music, good vibes and overall a fun night - Casino NightGreat night out with everyone. Whether you are a gambler or not, the casino offered a bit of everything for everyone (food, drinks, gambling etc). If you are in the downtown area, its a short Uber/cab ride away and totally worth the trip (was an awesome pregame for the rest of the night) - Go Karting/PaintballAwesome way for a group of guys to unwind after a night of partying.... driving fast and shooting each other. Depending on your budget, I could take or leave this one. It was definitely a fun time but there were pros and cons of this type of physical activity on a bachelor weekend (the alternative was sleeping in, eating as much poutine as you could and day drinking again). -

Snowboarding at Mont Tremblant

Dog Friendly HotelDog friendly lodge 5 minutes from the mountain. All rooms are dog-friendly and they have a dog boarding/doggy day-care program. They have really beautiful trails around the property and a lake. - Spa day @ Scandinave SpaAmazing spa day! This spa has a ton of hot and cold baths, steam rooms, sauna's AND a freezing cold river to jump into if you dare (we did!). We booked 1-hr massages which comes with a day pass to the baths. We left feeling amazing. - Mont TremblantReally great east-coast mountain. There are a ton of trails and lifts. We did 3 -days on this mountain and were not bored. At the bottom of the mountain is a quaint ski village with shops, restaurants and bars. - Juice Bar in the Pedestrian VillageHealthy Juice bar in the pedestrian village at the bottom of the mountain. Perfect for post-ski soups, smoothies, and healthy eats! - French Dinner at C'est la VieThe food was delicious! Really quaint restaurant in the town of Mont Tremblant (not the mountain pedestrian village). -

Miami Beach Recommendations

The 1 HotelLOVE everything about this hotel. The decor is amazing, rooms are very nice, beds super comfortable, restaurants in the hotel are great! - Cocktails at the Broken ShakerLocated in the backyard of a hostel (sounds grimy, but it is not!) is this awesome bar that serves up some delicious cocktails. It is a really chill spot in Miami. They serve food that is decent (bar food). - Rent Bikes and cruse along the boardwalkRent bikes at one of the miami citi bike locations and cruise along the water! - Paddle Board on the BaysideRent a paddle board and enjoy an hour or so around the bay and canals. - Brunch at IceBox CafeAwesome brunch in a more chill/local spot of town! - Healthy Eats at Paradigm KitchenAwesome, healthy restaurant! - Healthy Food @ Juice & JavaGreat little cafe close to Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. This place has juices, smoothies, wheatgrass shots, and tons of healthy salads, breakfast items, etc. - Dinner at BeachCraftAmazing Tom Colicchio restaurant in the 1 Hotel. The food was great. - Cevice @ MyCevicheGrab-and-go little Ceviche restaurant with awesome peruvian style ceviche. - Brunch at Yard BirdGood brunch spot! - The DutchLocated inside the W Hotel - great food! - Dinner @ The BazaarAwesome food, modern menu and very cool presentation! - Enjoy the beach!The beach is beautiful and the water is warm year round! - Have drinks on the rooftop at the 1 Hotel -

10 Days Exploring Bali

Gili Teak hotel in Gili T.LOVED this hotel! Seriously one of the coolest bathrooms I've ever seen - half indoor/half outdoor, 2 waterfall shower-heads, with a pond with fish swimming around you. This hotel is right on the beach. They have a ton of beds/chairs/bean bags on the beach for you to enjoy and wait staff service on the beach. This is a little far from town, but I'd recommend that, as it is quieter, you get awesome sunsets, and still a 5 min bike ride from the center of Gili t. - Rent Snorkel Gear in Gili TThere are a ton of locals renting snorkel gear on the side of the road. Ride your bike around, find one of these guys and rent snorkel gear for $5. Jump in the water where they tell you to go and you will see awesome fish, guaranteed! We saw a bunch of sea turtles snacking on sea grass. - Dinner at the Gili T night marketingHead into town to the night market to catch a super LOCAL and FRESH seafood dinner. By local I mean do not expect anything fancy here, and this is probably not for the squeamish. Locals are selling freshly caught seafood that they grill up for you on the spot. There are so many fish and side dishes to try! Grab a bintang, walk around, and grab food from a few vendors! - Snorkel Trip around the Gili IslandsHead into the main part of town and sign up for a snorkel trip around the 3 islands. This is a half-day, almost full-day activity. You'll snorkel at 3 locations, ride on a glass bottom boat and enjoy lunch and Bingtang's at a restaurant on Gili Air. - Breakfast at Kayu CafeAmazing and healthy little cafe. We came 2 days in a row it was so good! Great coffee, freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, breakfast items. LOVED it. Overlooking the beach where the ferries come in. - Ferry to the Gili IslandsCatch one of the high speed ferries from Padang Bai to the Gili Islands. The ferries are modern, and clean, with both outdoor and indoor seating. The ferry ride is about 2 hours. - Kajane Mua Hotel in UbudGreat hotel at a really reasonable price in the heart of Ubud. The rooms were very big, clean and comfortable. Breakfast was served to us daily in front of our own little pool. The Spa within the hotel was GREAT! The food at this hotel was also great. - Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in UbudHead to the monkey forest, bring bananas or buy some when you arrive. There are SO many monkey's and they are NOT scared of humans! Really fun, and beautiful forest to walk around. - Tegalalang Rice Terrace in UbudWalk around these beautiful rice terraces. - Luwak Coffee TastingThere are a few of these around the Rice Terrace area in ubud. Stop by one! They are coffee plantations and they serve Luwak Coffee. Luwaks are tiny rodents who eat coffee beans, do not digest them fully and poop them out... CRAZY, but it is one of the most expensive coffee's in the world. Check out this process and try a ton of local coffee's & tea! - Mount Batur - Sunrise Hike!Arrange to do a sunrise hike of Mount Batur. You'll have to leave your hotel around 230 am, but it is well worth it! The trek up is about 2 hours (in the dark!)... The views from the top are beautiful. Dress warm - it is cold at night and at the top. - Shop at Ubud MarketStroll around Ubud Market and pick up awesome, handcrafted goods! - Lunch @ Locavore to go!Super cute cafe with healthy eats in Ubud! - Surf at Padang Padang - Rent Scooters in UluwatuScooters are really the only mode of transport! Have your hotel arrange for a rental. If you surf, ask for the surf board rack! - Check out Uluwatu Beachwalk down the cliffs, and through the cliff to get a glimpse of the opening where the surfers go in and out! - Surf UluwatuOnly paddle out if you are experienced! Ask one of the local surf shops for details on how to get in and out of the cliff. Be careful! - Enjoy the Sunset at Bingin BeachNice beach, cute restaurants in the cliffs. Enjoy a very casual sunset here. If you surf - this is another good surf break! REEF Break so be cautious! - Best Restaurant in Bingin Beach Area - The Cashew TreeHealthy eats for any meal of the day! They also have a party with live music once a week - check to see which night it is! - Lunch at Suka EspressoEnjoy lunch or a coffee at Suka Espresso. They had amazing smoothie bowls! - Hotel in Bingin BeachCute hotel, nice pool! Very relaxed, laid back. The staff were super accommodating. Less than a 5min walk from Bingin Beach. -

Surfing + Exploring El Salvador

Mizata Point ResortQuiet and quaint hotel on the beach, in front o the Mizata Point break. The rooms were clean, with a balcony facing the ocean. The staff were very nice and the food was fresh and good. There is nothing really around to do besides surf :) - El TuncoGreat beach town 45 minutes from the San Salvador airport. There are a ton of hotels, restaurants, bars and shops here. There are a few great surf breaks walking distance from here: Sunzal, La Bocana, La Bocanita. The Punta Roca surf break is about a 10 min drive from here. - Roca Sunzal Hotel in El TuncoNice hotel right on the beach in El Tunco. Clean rooms. Has a pool and great restaurant right on the beach. Prime location for surfing all the El Tunco breaks. - Eco del Mar Lodge in El TuncoQuiet hotel one block from the beach in El Tunco. This is an eco-lodge. The staff were very friendly and nice, the food was good. Our room had a nice balcony with hammocks around. Good location! - Surfing at Punta RocaGrab a cab, or drive over to La Libertad - tell the driver you want to go to Punta Roca and they'll take you there! Great waves over a rocky bottom, so be careful. Follow the locals in and out. On good days there are a ton of guys taking pictures, they'll meet you at your hotel later in the day to show you. - Tour - Ruta de los FloresHire a private driver or arrange for a tour of the la ruta de los flores - this is a great way to explore more of the country. Along the route stop at the waterfalls, the town of Ataco, Lago de Coatepeque, coffee plantations, hot springs and restaurants! - Lago de CoatepequeBeautiful lake! Arrange for a boat ride around the lake with a local through one of the restaurants/docks. - Beautiful Restaurant - El Jardin de CelesteMUST STOP HERE while on la ruta de los flores. Seriously breathtaking restaurant and views, great food. I cannot wait to go back here. - Soya NutriBar for Juices, Smoothie Bowls & Healthy Eat in El TuncoHealth food spot! (do you spot a trend in my itineraries?!).... AND they have a massage therapist - perfect for post surf. - La LibertadThis is the town where Punta Roca is located. I would not stay here, but if you surf Punta Roca and want to stay for the day, there is enough to do. Cool pier with fish market, and restaurants along the beach. - Las FloresA beach town further down south - about 2 hours from San Salvador Airport. Way quieter than El Tunco. Very nice! Hang out on the beach at La Tortuga Hotel/Restaurant. They have a ton of hammocks, good menu, surf boards for rent and a lot going on! - Hotel in Las Flores - Boca OlasDecently nice hotel on the beach (remember, this is El Salvador ;) ) Nice pool, rooms were clean, breakfast was delicious! -

Honeymooning in Bali

Viceroy BaliThis hotel was UNREAL! We upgraded our room to one of the Deluxe Terrace Villas which was totally worth the $! The room was a hut like (huge) room that had a private pool over looking the jungles of Ubud. The Cascades Restaurant at the hotel was great - we were impressed by the quality of the food and presentation. The portions are very small, they encourage you to try a lot from the menu. You can also order lunch or dinner directly to your private pool, we did this one of the afternoons which was really nice. - Elephant Safari Park & LodgeAwesome experience! The tour we booked was called Bathe & Breakfast with Elephants. Although it starts very early (around 7AM), I recommend doing this one because you are able to feed them breakfast and bathe them during the morning hours. The afternoon tours do not offer this and are more for just riding them. We didn't want to ride the elephants so this was the perfect day for us. - Sacred Monkey ForestSo much fun! We went to monkey forest one afternoon after shopping in the markets. Advice: Do NOT leave any bananas out OR your sunglasses...The monkeys will absolutely climb on you and take them all! We hid the bananas in our backpack and the monkeys even try to unzip it to steal them. We had too much fun and bought 3 bunches of bananas! The bigger ones were kind of scary, I stuck to hanging with the babies. - Besakih Mother TempleToured the Besakih Mother Temple one afternoon. One of the largest and most important temples in Bali. - Tegalalang Rice TerraceRice terraces are beautiful! We didn't have time to walk through them but I saw people doing it and I wish we did! - Cafe LotusGreat local dinner spot in Ubud Town. Hit up the local markets before dinner for some basket bags and coverups. - Alila Villas UluwatuAMAZING hotel in Uluwatu. Highly recommend this hotel for a relaxing but very luxe stay. The infinity pool over looking the Indian Ocean was beautiful and surrounded by comfortable day beds. We upgraded our room to a 1 Bedroom Pool Villa. This hotel offered morning Yoga which I took advantage of followed by the organic and local breakfast which was included with our stay. The Restaurant in the hotel called The Warung was the best- authentic Indonesian and Balinese food. Highly recommend eating here during your stay - chicken satay with peanut sauce was my fav. - Single FinSunday Funday spot in Uluwatu on a cliff over looking the beach. Popular surfer spot - after a surf sesh everyone comes up here for drinks with life music and a beautiful sunset. We rented scooters (aka motor bikes according to the Balinese) and drove here. - Rock BarWe went here for sunset drinks and apps - great bar located at the top of a cliff with beautiful beach views. Get there early to get a good seat because it fills up fast. - Dreamland BeachNot the most picturesque Bali beach (a little dirty) but all sand and no rocks. - Cashew TreeOrganic & Vegan! Super casual and laid-back restaurant to check out for a quick bite - cash only. - W Hotel SeminyakOur stay at the W was great! The hotel is modern and also very large. We didn't spend a lot of time at the hotel because there was just too much to see and do in Seminyak. The hotel location was perfect - walking distance to everything! - Potato Head Beach ClubMy FAV day in Seminyak! We spent the entire day here on an ocean front day bed. You have to get there early to reserve the day beds - the ocean front ones are better then the poolside ones. Atmosphere is relatively relaxed throughout the day and becomes more fun as the night goes on. The cocktails and food here were great! Try the coconut cocktails (made from real coconuts!) and the fish tacos - by far my favorites! - La PlanchaMy second FAV day in Seminyak! La Plancha is a very cool beach spot filled with colorful bean bags and umbrellas. Great music and cocktails offering a very chill vibe. We spent a few hours here sipping on some fresh cocktails and seafood appetizers. The sunset on this part of the beach is beautiful, I'm glad we went during late afternoon and into the evening because it can be so hot during the day and definitely cools down post sunset. There are a lot of locals walking through the bean bags selling stuff; from $1 tassel necklaces (which I bought a few of for gifs) to art and hats... Definitely ignore them if you're totally uninterested in purchasing. - Cafe OrganicSeriously obsessed with this place! I need one in NY!! They have the best smoothie and acai bowls. Oh, and homemade Kombucha and cold brew! It's a small spot, indoor and outdoor seating and very friendly staff. Located just off the road from the W Hotel, we stopped in 2x during our time in Seminyak. - Nalu BowlsCute smoothie and acai bowl shack for a quick brekkie - they only use local ingredients which is exactly what we love! I had an acai bowl and cold brew. - Sisterfields CafeWe went here for lunch one afternoon, really good food (got the avo toast) This place is very Australian influenced and has a great atmosphere. - Sea CircusSuch a cute dinner spot! We had the Summer Poke Bowl and Taco Bar! They also have GF options. It was relatively busy when we went, we sat at the bar because there were no tables available. Overall, this restaurant had a very Australian feel. - Mist Boutique - Milk & Roses BoutiqueCute boutique with reasonable prices. - Chill ReflexologyMassages in Seminyak! A little more expensive then your typically Balinese massage but worth it. Relaxing and clean place - I got the "Ultimate Chill" massage here. -

24 Hours in Shanghai

City God TempleOld Daoist Temple in the old city of Shanghai. Very cool to see the locals worshipping and experience this! - Walk along The BundEnjoy a stroll along The Bund. This is promenade along the Huangpu River, which cuts through the center of Shanghai. Great view of the skyline! - Yu Garden + Enjoy a cup of tea in the GardenAfter walking along the Bund head through Yu Garden and stop for a cup of tea in the old Tea house. - The Old City of ShanghaiOne of the oldest parts of the city and really highlights the old Shanghai with tons of classical Chinese buildings. The markets and bazaar surrounding this area are the highlight - don't forget to bargain a ton! - EAT in the Old City!This eatery in the center of the old city is amazing! TRY everything! The first floor is more of a grab-and-go, with seating, and upstairs is a sit down restaurant. Must try the xiaolongbao, that Shanghai is famous for! - Walk + Shop along NanJing LuAn outdoor pedestrian mall with a ton of modern shops and restaurants. Safe to walk along during the day and at night. - Dinner & Drinks in XinTianDiA very modern entertainment district with stores and restaurants. We enjoyed dinner at an outdoor cafe and good cocktails around here! A lot of lively bars at night! - People's SquareThe Times Square (or Piccadilly Circus) of Shanghai. This is a central landmark surrounded by theaters, museums, and city hall. Very close to NanJing Lu. - Ride the FASTEST train in the world!Get to and from the airport in 7-10 minutes on the Maglev Train (19mi!). Seriously, this train goes around 200 MPH - super fast! -

Layover in Hong Kong!

Yum ChaBest dumplings (with the cutest) faces in HK! Definitely check it out. - One Dim SumSuper authentic and inexpensive restaurant in HK. I went 2x during my 4 days here! For ordering, you pencil things in off of the menu - portions are on the smaller side so you can try everything. The mango dessert was amazing! - Victoria PeakThis is a MUST do/see in HK. The peak looks down on the entire city with an unreal skyline! Take the tram there (the 120 year old railway) for the ultimate experience. - Afternoon Tea: The PeninsulaWe went here for afternoon tea after some morning shopping and sightseeing. It's first come first serve, so get there on the early side to secure a table. -

Weekend in the Swiss Alps

Balmers HostelMy first hostel experience was hosted by Balmers Hostel, and it set the bar high. Very nice staff, clean rooms and semi private bathrooms. The best part of staying here was the nightclub in the basement. Interlaken is a small town, and the Balmers Club was the spot for traveling students. Plus, residents of the hostel were hooked up with free admission and drink deals. - Photo Op on Lake BrienzThe first thing we did was go for a nice walk along Lake Brienz, which led us to a breathtaking photo op. This was the most beautiful view I'd ever seen! - Exploring ZurichThe capital of Switzerland was a quick bus trip away, and SO worth every minute! I loved exploring the designer boutiques, the chocolate shops and seeing the oldest clocktower in Europe! - Chocolate WastedOne of the most famous chocolatiers, Teuscher doesn't disappoint when it comes to Swiss Chocolate. How cute are the mini chocolate animals? The champagne truffles are a must have! - Night SleddingThis was the BEST experience I had in Switzerland! After a (slightly terrifying) drive up to the mountain, we took a gondola to the top. Then we sled down! This was an experience unlike any other, I loved it! -

GNO Downtown

Snacks at the Soho HouseBefore I met up with my friends, I indulged in a little R&R on the roof of the Soho House. My favorite bites are the avocado toast and the sweet potato, and of course I sipped some Rosé. I love the rooftop pool vibes here! - Drinks at the Standard HotelI met my girlfriends at Le Bain at the Standard Hotel for drinks. We loved the atmosphere and ended up changing our dinner reservations so we could stay longer! This is the perfect spot for a trendy, posh crowd...and their Prosecco is the best! I definitely recommend splashing out on a pitcher. - Italian Dinner for ThreeAfter drinks, we headed a few blocks over for an amazing dinner at Fig & Olive. We started with a cheese plate for three with their famous olive oil tasting, then finished off with some AMAZING truffle pasta...of course paired with more wine! -

3-Day Beach Getaway in Montauk, NY

Pet Friendly boutique hotel on the bayClean, modern rooms. Very nice staff. Awesome pool area with day beds. They have a garden area with a BBQ and firepit. Walking distance to the restaurants and bars on the bayside. - Healthy breakfast at Joni'sGreat breakfast lunch spot right by the beach. - Amazing dinner at FlagshipDelicious!! This is a great new addition to the montauk dining scene. Trendy decor, great menu. The fluke crudo was great. Would also highly recommend the tuna entree. - Left hand coffee - coffee shopCute coffee with shop. Great lattes and an assortment of baked goods plus small menu. The avocado toast was really good. - Another healthy breakfast / health food storeRight in town on the main road, serves healthy breakfast, lunch, smoothies and juices. Has a nice outdoor seating area. It is also a health food store so you can scoop up any other grocery type items you need. - Tacos at TacombiTacombi always has amazing tacos and did not disappoint here! - Authentic Mexican at hidden spotAuthentic Mexican spot on the bayside. The tamales were awesome. - Surfing at Atlantic TerraceGood surf spot right in town. - Sunsets at the Beach!Head to the beach for a beautiful sunset! The beaches are dog friendly after 6pm during the summer. - Local Craft beers at Montauk BreweryEnjoy local craft beer flights at the Brewery in town. - Montauk LighthouseWalk around the Lighthouse and enjoy the beautiful water views: bay, ocean and LI sound. There are some Hiking trails around the Lighthouse as well. - Wolffer Estate VineyardWe love stopping here on the way home. Beautiful vineyard with good wines! The cheese plates are good for snacking! -

Bachelor Party in Dominican Republic

Bachelor PadHooked cabarate was a very friendly hotel/ hostel that worked with us to accommodate 11 guys for a bachelor party. The owner was very helpful in advice on where to eat and what to do. Pros- awesome vibes, pool with lounge chairs, very affordable, walking distance to surfing beach. Cons- need transportation to get to and from town, no restaurant so you have to go out to eat. - Scooter/ Bike RentalScooter/ Bike Rental in town was a MUST. $15/$20 per day for 3-4 days during our Bach party was awesome. There are plenty of places that have bikes. If you bargain you can get a deal like we did. I'd recommend wearing a helmet as some of us had a little "too much" fun. It's safe to drive these Scooters everywhere, except at night when the bars let out and/or in the middle of La Cabarete Town can be a little hectic mid day. Biking around exploring the neighborhood was so easy with these bikes. Highly Recommended. - Surf Board RentalSurfboard Rental for Cheap!!! There are a few surf shops next to each other here for between $8-$15 for the day. Boards range from high-performance short-boards to Soft-Top Longboards. This is the best place to surf in the area and has many peaks incase the line-up gets a little crowded. The shop's surfboard instructors run the shop and can safely hold your belongings while you surf. They also have a ping-pong table incase you need a break between sessions or just want to get out of the sun. - Fishing Trip in SosuaFishing Trip out of Sosua into the Ocean. On this particular day, we were slow to move from a Late-Night so hopped on the Big Boat about 8am. The Boat was about $40/PP and included a light lunch and beers and water. We didn't make it to the set destination because some members of our crew starting getting sea sick, but they stopped at a few snorkeling spots and provided us with snorkeling gear which was a blast. The Boat crew was very professional and accommodating for our sea-sick buddies. I'd highly recommend bringing Dramamine or taking it easy night before if you are going with a large group to settle your stomach for a bit of a bumpy ride in the water.   -

South African Honeymoon

3 nights at Imbali Safari LodgeAmazing Safari Lodge on a private hectare within Kruger National Park. The rooms at Imbali were beautiful with a private infinite pool on a deck overlooking the park. The safari rangers were knowledgeable, we saw so many animals - Elephant, Lions, Zebra, Impala, Giraffe, Water Buffalo, Wild Dogs, Hyenas, White Rhino's, and more! The food was great! The staff were so accommodating. We celebrated Christmas at the lodge and they hosted a beautiful Christmas dinner for all the guests! Amazing experience. - Skukuza Airport in Kruger National ParkThis is one of the 2 airports in Kruger. Flying in here was literally like landing right on a safari. The airport is almost completely open and very small. Right when we left the airport gates we saw a ton of game: elephants, water buffalo, giraffe, etc! - 3 nights at Ocean-View House, Camps BayNice hotel in Camps Bay overlooking the Atlantic and with amazing views of the 12 apostles. The location is amazing! Rooms were clean and included a delicious continental breakfast. - Lions HeadPretty strenuous hike, but amazing views and absolutely worth it! Get up early on a clear day in Cape Town and do this!! - Great White Cage DivingYep - we did it! We got in cages with great white sharks. It was unreal! The experience is a little touristy overall - but still amazing to witness these beings in real life, up close and personal. This is about a 2.5hr drive outside of Cape Town, so will take an entire day. - Table MountainWe hiked up and took the cable car down. Definitely a must-do/see while in Cape Town. Beautiful views. - Exploring the Cape Town VineyardsBeautiful vineyards about 45 minutes outside of the city. We preferred Franshhoek over Stellenbosch. It was more quaint. - Lunch Tasting Menu & Wine Pairing in the Cape Town WinelandsBeautiful and quaint vineyard in Franschhoek. The food was incredible and wine was amazing! I would highly recommend doing the tasting menu with wine pairings. - Grande Provence Wine TastingBeautiful and posh vineyard. - Last Winery on our Wine Tasting Tour!Cute winery - great last stop on our wine tasting tour! - Truth Coffee - Great coffee shop!chill spot for a good cup of joe :) - Cape of Good HopeIf you have time - definitely do a full day tour of this entire region of Cape Town. It is beautiful! - Penguins at Boulders BeachSO many penguins - they are so cute! - Lunch at the Brass BellLocal spot in the super cute beach town of Kalk Bay! Enjoy fish & chips and a cold beer overlooking the ocean. If its hot, take a dip in the tidal pools right next to your tables! - Fresh Seafood at The Cod FatherEnjoy fresh seafood at the Cod Father in Camps Bay! Pick out your fish from the market, and they will prepare it for you! - 3 nights in Knysna / The Garden RouteKnysna is a quiet and relaxing town on the garden route. we enjoyed 3 nights here for relaxation, and beautiful, pristine beaches and hikes. - Hike in Robberg Nature ReserveBeautiful, pristine beaches! View the seals and sharks from the lookout. Great activity for the outdoorsy! - Oysters on the Dock at 34 Degrees South, KnsynaAmazing, fresh oysters! Do not miss out on having lunch here. - V&A WaterfrontWaterfront area in cape town. A little touristy, but still nice. There is a great market around here as well as a mall. There are a ton of restaurants around. - Dinner on Kloof Street @ the Kloof Street HouseGreat restaurant on Kloof Street - the food and cocktails were delicious. Kloof Street has a ton of restaurants and bars to explore! -

A family weekend in the Catskills

Hiking Kaaterskill FallsBeautiful hike to the lower falls. About 1 mile there and back. - Dinner at Last Chance CheeseSuper cute country restaurant. Food was decent for upstate New York. Good atmosphere, really nice little shop in the front with candies, maple syrup, etc. They have an attached tavern that had an awesome live band! - Dinner at Windham MountainDuring the summer Windham hosts BBQ's at the top of the mountain. We took the chair lift up. Amazing views, live band. Food was mediocre, but the atmosphere was amazing and made it worthwhile! - Tubing down the Esopus Creek/RiverFun day activity BUT this is not a lazy river. It is a little less intense that white water rafting, but you are in an individual tube! SO fun beautiful scenery. Beware - the water is cold!  Bring sneakers or water shoes, others you have to rent! - Lunch at Love Bites CafeQuaint restaurant with healthy eats! The breakfast burger was awesome. Most of the food is local and/or organic. - MUST stop at Vinnies Farm StandSeriously amazing produce at this cute side of the road farm stand. They had a ton of produce, fresh eggs, grass-fed meat products, freshly baked goods. Inside they have baked breads, homemade soups, fruit preserves. -

G'day Mate - Sydney, Australia Adventure

O-BarAmazing bar on the 47th floor. The bar slowly rotates 360 degrees (you don't really feel the movement though). Bar has floor to ceiling glass windows allowing for the most incredible views of Sydney. Expensive cocktails but definitely an experience to remember! - Mr. WongBest dumpling & dim sum date night in Sydney! We made a last minute reservation so we went to an early dinner. Great food and atmosphere. - The Rocks MarketThe Rock Foodie Market was awesome! We spent a few hours here tasting street food and sitting outside in the sun. It's a quick walk from the inner Harbor. Food Markets are always a good idea! - Taronga ZooDay at the Taronga Zoo was nothing less then entertaining! I took the ferry across the Sydney Harbor which had amazing views of the Opera House and skyline. The Zoo also had amazing views overlooking all of Sydney from above. The Giraffe's were the highlight of the Zoo - great day time activity! - WestfieldBEST shopping in Sydney! This mall has everything from Adidas and Zara to Miu Miu and Chanel. We spent a few hours shopping and worked up an appetite! We finished the day here at Ippudo (amazing Ramen) located on the 5th floor. The food court here was one of the best ones that I have seen. So many options from a quick bite to a formal restaurant. - IppudoIppudo Ramen is always a favorite of mine - the Sydney location was one of the best though! Located in the Westfield mall (on level 5). I definitely recommend grabbing a quick bite after some shopping at the mall. The pork buns were really good! - Bondi BeachSpent the day at Bondi Beach and went surfing. Rented boards at a local surf shop right off of the beach. We went in September so the water was a bit chilly - rented wetsuits as well. Clean and beautiful beach close to downtown Sydney - IceburgsIceburgs is awesome! We went here after spending the day surfing at Bondi Beach. Views are amazing because the restaurant is on a cliff overlooking the beach. Trendy spot in Bondi - dress code varies from super casual (I went in a coverup and swimsuit) to trendy and upscale. -

Bachelorette Bash in Savannah, Georgia!

Rocks on the RoofI went here with 16 girls for a bachelorette party - we had great cocktails on the roof before heading out for the evening. Rooftop was really cute, lounge vibe with couches and chairs. Great views of the water and downtown historic area. Recommend going for sunset for the great views :) - The Savannah Picnic CompanyThe BEST & CUTEST picnic in Forsyth Park. This company (@savpicnicco on IG) sets up a spot in the park with chairs, food/beverages, and cute decorations. You need to book in advance and they charge per person. Affordable and great afternoon activity. We brought rose and champagne since open containers are allowed in Georgia. Don't forget to specify what the occasion is (if any) when booking. - Kimpton Brice HotelModern and chic hotel in Downtown Savannah. The brunch was great here! Definitely recommend this hotel because it has a beautiful pool and outdoor area. Savannah is really warm so the pool was a great addition for a mid-day dip! Happy Hour outside was also a nice addition. - B Matthew's EateryGreat brunch on a cute street. We made a reservation because we were such a big party. Biscuits were amazing! -

Girls Weekend in London!

The Barge HouseThis spot was amazing! They are known for their bread bowl brunch. The bowls are huge and are served on a cutting board to make it easy. Overall a great waterfront spot in the Hackney neighborhood of London. We had to wait about an hour (which I heard wasn't bad!) I recommend going early or be prepared to wait. - Shoreditch HouseWent for dinner and drinks at the Shoreditch House in London's "Brooklyn" neighborhood with a few girlfriends. Amazing restaurant with fresh pastas and locally sourced meats. Highly recommend going early to hang on a day bed pre-dinner for a yummy cocktail! PS - this is a members only social club but non-members can stay in hotel and use the facilities/restaurants. - Borough MarketAwesome food market in London that has a variety of cuisines and food choices. Fun afternoon activity for lunch. -